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Walsall 2-1 Sheffield Wed

Walsall 2-1 Sheffield Wed

Two goals in injury time saw Walsall come from behind to claim a dramatic victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

Ryan Lowe had put the Owls ahead when he headed in from Chris Lines's cross, only a minute after Walsall's Alex Nicholls had hit the Wednesday bar.

The Saddlers, who had not won in their last eight league matches, equalised in the 91st minute through Claude Gnakpa's deflected 25-yard effort.

Emmanuele Smith grabbed the winner when he shot low past Richard O'Donnell.

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We'd got the game won going into injury time, it's a fluke the first goal, but after that you make sure you get something from the game.

"All it was, was a simple ball thrown in from wide, I would expect us to header it and if not I would certainly expect us to get the second ball, but we've switched off when there's got to be a knowledge that you don't switch off they've got the momentum.

"You know where the ball's going and you've got to win it."

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Monday, 26 December 2011

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Walsall 2-1 Sheffield Wed FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Gnakpa 90+1
  • Smith 90+4
  • Lowe 60

Walsall

  • 01 Walker
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Butler
  • 12 Beevers yellow card
  • 14 Taundry (Gnakpa 77 yellow card)
  • 06 Smith
  • 07 Chambers
  • 19 Peterlin
  • 10 Macken (Halliday 90+6)
  • 15 Paterson (Bowerman 77)
  • 16 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 21 Grof,
  • 02 Westlake,
  • 18 Gnakpa,
  • 25 Halliday,
  • 17 Bowerman

Sheffield Wed

  • 23 O'Donnell
  • 04 Batth
  • 05 R Jones (Llera 56)
  • 06 Semedo
  • 17 Johnson
  • 27 Tavernier
  • 07 Prutton
  • 08 Lines
  • 09 O'Grady
  • 10 Marshall yellow card
  • 30 Lowe (Morrison 85)

Substitutes

  • 24 Jameson,
  • 32 Llera,
  • 11 Johnson,
  • 19 Morrison,
  • 33 Watt
Ref: CooteAtt: 8,603
WALSALL
SHEFFIELD WED

Possession

  • Walsall 59%
  • Sheffield Wed 41%

Attempts on target

  • Walsall 4
  • Sheffield Wed 2

Attempts off target

  • Walsall 4
  • Sheffield Wed 6

Corners

  • Walsall 7
  • Sheffield Wed 2

Fouls

  • Walsall 11
  • Sheffield Wed 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:43 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+5:07 Substitution Andrew Halliday on for Jonathan Macken.
  • 90:00+3:48 GOAL - Emmanuele SmithWalsall 2 - 1 Sheffield Wed Emmanuele Smith finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 2-1 Sheff Wed.
  • 90:00+3:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by David Prutton. Mat Sadler sends in a cross,
  • 90:00+2:20 Emmanuele Smith challenges Chris O'Grady unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Prutton crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Emmanuele Smith.
  • 90:00+2:01 Centre by Adam Chambers.
  • 90:00+0:27 GOAL - Claude GnakpaWalsall 1 - 1 Sheffield Wed Claude Gnakpa finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Walsall 1-1 Sheff Wed.
  • 88:38 Foul by Lee Beevers on Ben Marshall, free kick awarded. James Tavernier crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 87:23 Centre by James Tavernier, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Clinton Morrison goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 86:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Beevers on Reda Johnson. Reda Johnson takes the free kick.
  • 84:31 Lee Beevers restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:31 Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Clinton Morrison coming on for Ryan Lowe.
  • 84:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by David Prutton.
  • 84:16 George Bowerman takes a shot. Save by Richard O'Donnell.
  • 83:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Miguel Angel Llera by Claude Gnakpa. Direct free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.
  • 82:06 Chris O'Grady has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 80:31 Anton Peterlin delivers the ball in from the corner, Danny Batth makes a clearance. Anton Peterlin takes the outswinging corner, Danny Batth makes a clearance.
  • 78:39 Jose Vitor Semedo takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:39 Booking Claude Gnakpa shown a yellow card.
  • 78:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Claude Gnakpa on James Tavernier.
  • Correction - 76:27 Anton Peterlin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Chris Lines.
  • Correction - 76:27 Substitution Claude Gnakpa is brought on as a substitute for Richard Taundry.
  • Correction - 76:27 Substitution George Bowerman comes on in place of Jamie Paterson.
  • Correction - 76:27 David Prutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Nicholls.
  • 76:27 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Anton Peterlin, Chris Lines makes a clearance.
  • 76:27 Substitution Claude Gnakpa is brought on as a substitute for Richard Taundry.
  • 76:27 Substitution George Bowerman is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Paterson.
  • 76:27 Unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by David Prutton results in a free kick.
  • 75:20 Richard Taundry decides to take the corner short, The ball is swung over by Mat Sadler, save by Richard O'Donnell.
  • 73:56 Centre by Jamie Paterson, clearance by Miguel Angel Llera.
  • 71:05 Chris Lines concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Chambers. Free kick crossed left-footed by Mat Sadler, Jose Vitor Semedo makes a clearance.
  • 69:45 Jonathan Macken produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 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.
  • 65:37 Booking Booking for Lee Beevers for unsporting behaviour.
  • 65:17 Booking Ben Marshall is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 61:56 Lee Beevers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Marshall. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Marshall, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 59:27 Assist by Chris Lines.
  • 59:27 The assist for the goal came from Chris Lines.
  • 59:27 GOAL - Ryan LoweWalsall 0 - 1 Sheffield Wed Ryan Lowe grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Walsall 0-1 Sheff Wed.
  • Correction - 59:26 Chris Lines sends in a cross,
  • 59:26 The ball is crossed by Chris Lines,
  • 58:48 Effort from 18 yards by Alex Nicholls.
  • 58:03 The referee blows for offside against Jamie Paterson. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 53:55 Substitution Miguel Angel Llera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rob Jones.
  • Correction - 53:55 Adam Chambers has an effort at goal. Blocked by Danny Batth. Corner taken short by Richard Taundry, Centre by Lee Beevers.
  • 53:55 Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Sanchez Watt coming on for Rob Jones.
  • 53:55 Shot from 25 yards by Adam Chambers. Blocked by Danny Batth. Richard Taundry takes a short corner, Lee Beevers produces a cross.
  • 51:34 Shot by Ryan Lowe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 50:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Tavernier by Anton Peterlin. Danny Batth takes the free kick.
  • 49:32 The ball is delivered by Jamie Paterson, Danny Batth manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:38 The offside flag is raised against Ben Marshall. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.
  • 45:28 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Ben Marshall goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:05 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:20 Ben Marshall produces a cross, Danny Batth has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
  • 43:03 A cross is delivered by Adam Chambers.
  • 41:27 Anton Peterlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Lines. James Tavernier takes the free kick.
  • 38:58 Ben Marshall takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Emmanuele Smith. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.
  • 38:08 The ball is swung over by Mat Sadler.
  • 37:01 Rob Jones takes a shot. Jimmy Walker makes a save.
  • 34:51 Mat Sadler produces a cross, Jonathan Macken concedes a free kick for a foul on Reda Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.
  • 32:32 Alex Nicholls produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 31:40 The ball is sent over by David Prutton.
  • 30:08 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris O'Grady. Free kick taken by Jimmy Walker.
  • 29:31 The ball is swung over by David Prutton, Lee Beevers makes a clearance.
  • 26:20 Foul by Ben Marshall on Jamie Paterson, free kick awarded. Mat Sadler delivers the ball, Effort from the edge of the area by Jonathan Macken goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 25:21 Centre by Lee Beevers, clearance made by David Prutton.
  • 24:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Reda Johnson. Richard Taundry crosses the ball in from the free kick, Reda Johnson makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Richard Taundry from the right by-line, clearance made by Jose Vitor Semedo.
  • 23:21 Jose Vitor Semedo crosses the ball, save made by Jimmy Walker.
  • 22:39 The ball is crossed by James Tavernier.
  • 19:46 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Butler.
  • 17:23 The referee gives a free kick against Jonathan Macken for handball. Chris Lines restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Macken on Rob Jones. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.
  • 14:53 Foul by Jose Vitor Semedo on Jamie Paterson, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lee Beevers from right channel, clearance made by Danny Batth. Corner taken right-footed by Richard Taundry from the left by-line, Reda Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 13:37 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben Marshall. Jimmy Walker takes the indirect free kick.
  • 8:45 Mat Sadler sends in a cross, Richard O'Donnell makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Richard Taundry from the left by-line, clearance made by Rob Jones.
  • 7:24 Chris O'Grady concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Beevers. Jimmy Walker takes the free kick.
  • 6:06 Unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by Chris Lines results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Richard Taundry, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Marshall by Emmanuele Smith. Direct free kick taken by Chris Lines.
  • 0:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Prutton on Mat Sadler. Jimmy Walker restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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League One table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Charlton 22 29 51
2 Sheffield Wed 22 11 43
3 MK Dons 22 22 42
4 Huddersfield 22 20 42
5 Sheffield Utd 21 16 41
6 Stevenage 22 12 35
7 Brentford 22 3 34
8 Carlisle 22 -2 34
9 Notts County 21 5 31
10 Preston 22 -3 31
11 Bury 22 -3 31
12 Hartlepool 22 -3 29
13 Colchester 22 -5 29
14 Oldham 22 -5 27
15 Bournemouth 22 -5 27
16 Tranmere 21 -4 26
17 Leyton Orient 22 -9 25
18 Walsall 22 -6 21
19 Exeter 22 -15 21
20 Wycombe 22 -9 20
21 Yeovil 22 -9 20
22 Scunthorpe 22 -8 19
23 Rochdale 21 -16 18
24 Chesterfield 22 -16 14

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