What the press made of The Saddlers drawThe Sentinel
CREWE remain out of the relegation zone but will be wondering what might have been after squandering a 1-0 lead for the third game running.
They were handed a 13th minute lead from Marcus Haber but were pegged back with just 10 minutes to go as Harry Davis inadvertedly deflected Tom Bradshaw’s weak effort past his goalkeeper but tried in vain to keep it out.
It another disappointing second half from Crewe, particularly having dominated the first half and gone in with a deserved lead.
Another poor second-half performance saw Crewe Alex lose a lead and have to settle for a point, at Gresty Road on Saturday.
A lively first 45 minutes was rewarded by a Marcus Haber goal and the Railwaymen took a slender advantage into the interval.
But they lacked energy and drive after the restart, and spent the entire second period on the back foot. Tom Bradshaw’s equaliser took a wicked deflection off captain Harry Davis and earned a point for Walsall.
It was Crewe's third consecutive 1-1 draw - and the third time they had lost the advantage.
The result has left them two points above the drop zone, in 20th, with two games left.
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Tom Bradshaw’s lucky late leveller earned Walsall a point at Crewe in League One.
The striker’s shot took a huge deflection off home defender Harry Davis to wrong-foot goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.
It cancelled out Marcus Haber’s 13th minute opener for the hosts, who dominated the first-half.
The Saddlers were better in the second period but looked unlikely to score before Bradshaw’s slice of fortune.
Dean Smith’s men extended their unbeaten run to five games but that looked doubtful for most of the afternoon, after Haber had put the relegation-threatened hosts ahead.
Bradshaw’s 18th of the season left the Saddlers not quite mathematically safe from relegation, but it would take an extraordinary set of results to now drag them back into trouble.
Crewe remain in big danger, two points above the bottom four