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  • Date:26 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Banks's Stadium
  • Attendance:8,603
  • Gnakpa (90) Smith (90)
  • Lowe (59) Lowe (59)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95:07 +5.07

Andrew Halliday joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Macken.

93:26 +3.26

David Prutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Nicholls. Mat Sadler crosses the ball, Emmanuele Smith gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 2-1 Sheff Wed.

92:20 +2.20

Chris O'Grady fouled by Emmanuele Smith, the ref awards a free kick. David Prutton crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Emmanuele Smith.

92:01 +2.01

The ball is swung over by Adam Chambers.

90:27 +0.27

Claude Gnakpa scores a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-1 Sheff Wed.

88:38

Unfair challenge on Ben Marshall by Lee Beevers results in a free kick. James Tavernier delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

87:23

The ball is delivered by James Tavernier, Clinton Morrison has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.

86:26

Lee Beevers concedes a free kick for a foul on Reda Johnson. Reda Johnson takes the direct free kick.

84:31

Foul by David Prutton on Alex Nicholls, free kick awarded. Clinton Morrison on for Ryan Lowe. Free kick taken by Lee Beevers.

84:16

Shot from 18 yards by George Bowerman. Save made by Richard O'Donnell.

83:24

Unfair challenge on Miguel Angel Llera by Claude Gnakpa results in a free kick. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

82:06

Effort from deep inside the area by Chris O'Grady misses to the left of the target.

80:31

Anton Peterlin delivers the ball in from the corner, Danny Batth manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Anton Peterlin from the right by-line, Danny Batth manages to make a clearance.

76:27

Foul by David Prutton on Alex Nicholls, free kick awarded. George Bowerman on for Jamie Paterson. (Walsall) makes a substitution, with Claude Gnakpa coming on for Richard Taundry. Anton Peterlin crosses the ball in from the free kick, Chris Lines makes a clearance.

75:20

Short corner worked by Richard Taundry, Mat Sadler produces a cross, save by Richard O'Donnell.

73:56

The ball is delivered by Jamie Paterson, clearance made by Miguel Angel Llera.

71:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chambers by Chris Lines. Free kick crossed by Mat Sadler, Jose Vitor Semedo manages to make a clearance.

69:45

Jonathan Macken has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

68:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Vitor Semedo on Adam Chambers. Anton Peterlin crosses the ball in from the free kick, Reda Johnson makes a clearance.

68:09

Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save by Jimmy Walker.

65:17

Ben Marshall is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Lee Beevers receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

61:56

Lee Beevers concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Marshall. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Marshall from left channel, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

59:26

Centre by Chris Lines, Ryan Lowe finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Walsall 0-1 Sheff Wed.Assist by Chris Lines.

58:48

Curled right-footed shot by Alex Nicholls.

58:03

The official flags Jamie Paterson offside. Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

53:55

Shot from 25 yards by Adam Chambers. Danny Batth gets a block in. Corner taken short by Richard Taundry, The ball is sent over by Lee Beevers. Miguel Angel Llera is brought on as a substitute for Rob Jones.

51:34

Ryan Lowe produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

50:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Tavernier by Anton Peterlin. Danny Batth takes the free kick.

49:32

Centre by Jamie Paterson, clearance made by Danny Batth.

46:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben Marshall. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

45:28

Ben Marshall produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

45:20 +0.20

The ball is crossed by Ben Marshall, Danny Batth has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

43:03

Adam Chambers delivers the ball.

41:27

Anton Peterlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Lines. James Tavernier takes the direct free kick.

38:58

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall, Emmanuele Smith manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, clearance by Andy Butler.

38:08

The ball is swung over by Mat Sadler.

37:01

Rob Jones takes a shot. Save made by Jimmy Walker.

34:51

Mat Sadler crosses the ball, Jonathan Macken concedes a free kick for a foul on Reda Johnson. Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

32:32

Alex Nicholls produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

31:40

David Prutton crosses the ball.

30:08

Chris O'Grady is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.

29:31

The ball is swung over by David Prutton, clearance made by Lee Beevers.

26:20

Ben Marshall challenges Jamie Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mat Sadler crosses the ball, Jonathan Macken produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

25:21

Lee Beevers delivers the ball, David Prutton makes a clearance.

24:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Reda Johnson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Richard Taundry from right wing, Reda Johnson manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Richard Taundry, clearance made by Jose Vitor Semedo.

23:21

The ball is sent over by Jose Vitor Semedo, save by Jimmy Walker.

22:39

The ball is swung over by James Tavernier.

19:46

Chris O'Grady is caught offside. Free kick taken by Andy Butler.

17:23

Jonathan Macken handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Chris Lines takes the direct free kick.

16:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Macken on Rob Jones. Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

14:53

Foul by Jose Vitor Semedo on Jamie Paterson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Beevers, clearance made by Danny Batth. Corner taken by Richard Taundry from the left by-line, Reda Johnson manages to make a clearance.

13:37

The offside flag is raised against Ben Marshall. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.

8:45

The ball is swung over by Mat Sadler, save by Richard O'Donnell. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Taundry, Rob Jones makes a clearance.

7:24

Chris O'Grady challenges Lee Beevers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.

6:06

Unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by Chris Lines results in a free kick. Richard Taundry delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Rob Jones.

4:52

Foul by Emmanuele Smith on Ben Marshall, free kick awarded. Chris Lines takes the free kick.

0:35

Mat Sadler fouled by David Prutton, the ref awards a free kick. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Smith to be monitored Walsall will assess the availability of Manny Smith ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Sheffield Wednesday but fellow defender Olly Lancashire remains out. Smith missed last weekend`s heartbreaking late 1-1 draw at relegation rivals Chesterfield having taken a boot to the face as he went for a diving header in the club`s FA Cup second-round replay against Dagenham & Redbridge four days earlier. He remains touch and go to face the high-flying Owls, although Lancashire (hamstring) definitely misses out once again having also sustained injury against the Daggers. Striker Ryan Jarvis returns to contention having finally completed his three-match suspension. Midfielder Kevan Hurst is also ready after getting a stretch of training under his belt following his comeback from a broken bone in his heel. Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson is keeping his goalkeeper selection under wraps. Stephen Bywater played the final game of his loan spell in last week's 4-4 draw with Huddersfield and has returned to Derby, leaving Megson with a choice of three - Richard O'Donnell, Arron Jameson and Nicky Weaver. O'Donnell has made 10 appearances this season, Jameson has yet to feature this term and Weaver played in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week after being been sidelined since the end of August with a knee injury. Megson has no new injury or suspension problems but striker Gary Madine (broken toe), defender Lewis Buxton (hamstring) and midfielder James O'Connor (gashed shin) remain sidelined. Bywater's exit leaves Megson free to include all five loan players that remain in his squad - defender Danny Batth (Wolves), striker Sanchez Watt (Arsenal, winger Ben Marshall (Stoke) and defenders Miguel Llera (Blackpool) and James Tavernier (Newcastle).

Formation:442Manager: Dean Smith

Walsall

Formation: 442Manager: Gary Megson

Sheff Wed

  • Jimmy Walker
  • Lee Beevers
  • Andy Butler
  • Emmanuele Smith
  • Mat Sadler
  • Richard Taundry
  • Adam Chambers
  • Anton Peterlin
  • Alex Nicholls
  • Jamie Paterson
  • Jonathan Macken
  • SUBS
  • David Grof
  • Darryl Westlake
  • George Bowerman
  • Claude Gnakpa
  • Andrew Halliday

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Match Report

Saddlers late show clips Owls wings Injury-time goals from Claude Gnakpa and Emmanuele Smith gave Walsall a dramatic 2-1 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday. After a quiet first half, the highlight of which saw Owls goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell tip an effort from Mat Sadler over the crossbar, the visitors had looked like securing a fourth win in five games when Ryan Lowe headed home a Chris Lines cross on the hour. But Gary Megson's second-placed side, denied at the death by promotion-chasing rivals Huddersfield in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Hillsborough last week, were to be thwarted once more. Alex Nicholls' curling shot from the edge of the area that struck the crossbar should have served as a warning shot for Wednesday, who might have extended their lead only for Chris O'Grady to miss the target from 12 yards out. But Gnakpa drilled in a deflected shot from 25 yards in the first minute of added time before Smith found the bottom corner from 12 yards out three minutes later.

Form Guide

    LDLDDD
  • Walsall
  • VS
  • Sheff Wed
  • WDWWWD

Last Meetings

  • Walsall
  • 1 - 1
  • Sheff Wed
  • 23/04/2011
  • Sheff Wed
  • 3 - 0
  • Walsall
  • 23/11/2010
  • Sheff Wed
  • 3 - 2
  • Walsall
  • 26/12/2004
  • Walsall
  • 1 - 1
  • Sheff Wed
  • 11/09/2004
  • Walsall
  • 0 - 2
  • Sheff Wed
  • 10/03/1979
  • Sheff Wed
  • 0 - 2
  • Walsall
  • 28/10/1978

Top Scorers

Walsall

  • A Nicholls 4
  • W Grigg 3
  • J Macken 2
  • A Chambers 2
  • A Butler 2
  • R Jarvis 1
  • K Hurst 1
  • J Paterson 1
  • G Bowerman 1

Sheff Wed

  • G Madine 10
  • R Jones 4
  • R Johnson 4
  • B Marshall 4
  • D Prutton 2
  • R Lowe 2
  • C O'Grady 2
  • J Bennett 2
  • C Morrison 1
  • C Sedgwick 1
  • J O'Connor 1
  • L Buxton 1
  • C Lines 1
  • JM Semedo 1
  • L Palmer 1

Goals

Walsall

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 20
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Sheff Wed

    • Total goals 67
    • Goals per game 40
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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