February 16, 2013
Arquin halts Saddlers' charge
A second-half equaliser from Notts County substitute Yoann Arquin earned his side a point from a 1-1 draw at Walsall whose run of five successive home wins was halted at the Banks's Stadium.
Arquin was on the spot to stab the ball home in the 65th minute when the home defence had failed to clear a cross from the lively Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
It was no more than the Magpies deserved from a much-improved second-half performance and with better finishing they might have won.
Walsall began well on a heavy pitch and in the sixth minute top-scorer Will Grigg forced his way through, but saw his low shot cleared off the goalline by Alan Judge.
Grigg did collect his 11th goal of the season, however, after 29 minutes when County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski flattened Jamie Paterson in a corner of the box and there was a delay while a flare thrown onto the pitch from the visitors' end was cleared.
Grigg kept his compsure to coolly send the goalkeeper the wrong way and give the Saddlers the lead they deserved.
But managerless County created more chances in the second half and were worth at least a point.
|28 Ian McLoughlin||1 Bartosz Bialkowski|
|25 James Chambers||6 Dean Leacock|
|4 Andy Butler||3 Alan Sheehan|
|26 Andy Taylor||20 Jamal Campbell-Ryce|
|22 Paul Downing||28 Andre Boucaud|
|7 Adam Chambers||8 Gary Liddle|
|27 Sam Mantom||4 Neal Bishop|
|10 Jamie Paterson||11 Jeff Hughes|
|29 Craig Westcarr||10 Alan Judge|
|12 Febian Brandy||19 John Cofie|
|9 William Grigg||29 Jacob Blyth|
|1 David Grof||Fabian Speiss 23|
|5 Dean Holden||Emmanuele Smith 5|
|20 Malvind Benning||Julian Kelly 2|
|6 Nicky Featherstone||Gavin Mahon 14|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||Hamza Bencherif 18|
|24 James Baxendale||Francois Zoko 13|
|17 George Bowerman||Yoann Arquin 15|
|George Bowerman for Craig Westcarr (75)||Yoann Arquin for Jacob Blyth (46)|
|Francois Zoko for John Cofie (78)|
|Gavin Mahon for Jeff Hughes (90)|
|Febian Brandy (70)||Alan Sheehan (77)|
|Alan Judge (80)|
|· Squads: Walsall | Notts County|