McCarthy helps Walsall pick up a point

By SFC Media Wed 14 Sep U 23

Jason McCarthy played the full 90 minutes, as Walsall earned a point away to Bristol Rovers in League 1 on Tuesday night.

After a defeat at Northampton Town last time out, the Saddlers had a better night at the Memorial Stadium, with Erhun Oztumer’s early goal enough to secure them a draw.

His left-footed effort in the 16th minute had given the visitors the lead, but that was swiftly cancelled out by a Matt Taylor penalty, after Adam Chambers had fouled Billy Boden in the area.

The result keeps Walsall 20th in League 1, with six points from their opening seven games, ahead of a showdown with leaders Bolton Wanderers, at home, this Saturday.

In the Championship, striker Sam Gallagher also played the full game, but could not prevent Blackburn Rovers from suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.

After substitute Chris Wood gave Leeds a 65th minute lead, the visitors responded through a Marvin Emnes strike in the 77th minute.

Gallagher then looked as if he might have won it for Rovers with an acrobatic effort shortly afterwards, only for Robert Green to pull off an incredible save in the Leeds goal.

It proved to be a pivotal moment in the game, as the hosts struck in the 86th minute, through Kyle Bartley’s header, to claim all three points.

Blackburn remain bottom of the Championship, with two points from seven games, but will hope for a first victory of the season when they host fellow strugglers Rotherham United on Saturday.