Walsall 1-1 Charlton- Report
Report of match 10th December 2011
Walsall 1-1 Charlton- Report.
Saddlers hold leaders
Struggling Walsall denied leaders Charlton a seventh successive league win with a battling performance in a 1-1 draw at the Banks's Stadium.
The Saddlers stunned the visitors by taking a 36th-minute lead following a short corner by Richard Taundry. Full-back Mat Sadler's fierce drive flattened his team-mate Oliver Lancashire in the penalty box, but veteran Jon Macken whipped the rebound into the roof of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
However, Charlton showed their determination by bouncing back nine minutes later. Hogan Ephraim darted down the left before firing over a great cross which Yann Kermorgant leapt to power a header into the roof of the net to equalise.
Walsall, who have won only one of their last 15 league games, fought every inch of the way but Danny Hollands should have put the Addicks in front after 67 minutes instead of heading straight into the hands of keeper Jimmy Walker from 10 yards out.
The Saddlers had chances to win it too, substitutes Claude Gnakpa and George Bowerman went close while Charlton had penalty claims for handball turned down.
Walsall finished the game with 10 men after Sadler was sent off in the 89th minute for a second bookable offence.
|Competition: npower League One Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Bescot Stadium Attendance: 4,537|
|1 - 1||Charlton Ath.
|-||Match ends, Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 1.|
|90+6||Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 1.|
|90+6||Corner, Charlton Athletic.|
|90+5||Corner, Charlton Athletic.|
|90+1||Danny Hollands (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|90||Second yellow card to Matthew Sadler (Walsall) for a bad foul.|
|84||Substitution, Walsall. Anton Peterlin replaces Jonathan Macken.|
|77||Matthew Sadler (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|75||Substitution, Walsall. George Bowerman replaces Jamie Paterson.|
|73||Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Scott Wagstaff replaces Danny Green.|
|57||Corner, Charlton Athletic.|
|54||Substitution, Walsall. Claude Gnakpa replaces Andrew Halliday.|
|-||Second Half begins Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 1.|
|45+3||First Half ends, Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 1.|
|45+1||Manny Smith (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.|
|45||Goal! Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Hogan Ephraim with a cross.|
|36||Goal! Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 0. Jonathan Macken (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Lancashire.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up.|