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Brunton Park (ATT 4,389) 18th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Walsall Walsall

Carlisle 1

L Noble (13)

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Walsall 1

M Ngoo (82)

Ngoo denies Cumbrians

Last Updated: 18/04/14 6:08pm

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Liam Noble: Opened the scoring

Liam Noble: Opened the scoring

A late header by Michael Ngoo denied Carlisle three points in their relegation battle and earned Walsall a 1-1 draw at Brunton Park.

Liam Noble had given Carlisle a first-half lead, but Walsall had the home side under pressure for large parts of the second half.

Walsall gave the Carlisle defence one or two uncomfortable moments in the first half, notably when skipper Andy Butler got in a powerful far-post header from James Baxendale's free-kick from the left. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had to spring across his line to pull off a fine one-handed save.

However, it was Noble who fired Carlisle in front in the 13th minute after Gary Madine had provided the pass. The midfielder hit a snap shot from the edge of the area which struck the right-hand post then rebounded back into the net behind the diving Richard O'Donnell.

Brad Potts was inches away from doubling Carlisle's advantage with a first-time right-foot effort which hit the bar.

Again Pickford was to the rescue for Carlisle, getting a vital touch on Romaine Sawyers' shot from a tight angle to divert the ball across the face of goal for a corner, then Sam Manton lashed a shot through a crowded penalty area only to see the ball cannon back off the left-hand post.

Noble was denied a second goal when he hammered a 25-yard shot against the bar before the Saddlers got the goal they deserved in the 82nd minute, substitute Ngoo heading home Kieron Morris' corner from the left.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 15 30
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Peterborough United 18 27
8 Oldham Athletic 18 27
9 Rochdale 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15