Walsall will be content with their point from a tough struggle against Rotherham at The Banks’s Stadium.
The Saddlers were never able to hit the heights they enjoyed at Molineux four days earlier and needed a Sam Mantom special just after the half hour to cancel out a Daniel Nardiello opener for the visitors.
The draw was a bit of a comedown after the victories over Crewe and Wolves but with 10 points coming from the week, manager Dean Smith won’t be complaining.
Rotherham were all over Walsall’s efforts to get back into their midweek groove in the opening half-hour and with the home side running aground, it was no great surprise to see the visitors take the lead.
But it was unusual for Walsall’s aerial strength in defence to be undone by Alex Revell and Nardiello before the one-time Wolves Academy member placed a third header into the far corner to defy Richard O’Donnell.
That goal, on 21 minutes, finally sparked some urgency into Walsall and they might have had an equaliser from their first corner which followed immediately. But James Baxendale, who with Romaine Sawyers was given the chance to starts as
Craig Westcarr and Ashley Hemmings were rested, could not crown the opportunity with an on target finish from Andy Butler’s knock-down.
But with Saddlers keeping up the pressure another corner, only half cleared to Mantom outside the area, provided the breakthrough after 32 mins.
Mantom struck the ball sweet and full on the volley and Rotherham keeper Scott Shearer had no chance as it took deflection past him.
Walsall improved slightly after the break and certainly when Westcarr was introduced, with Milan Lalkovic, for the final half hour.
But it was Rotherham who will feel they could have snatched the victory.
Just after the hours, they were convinced referee Stuart Attwell had missed a clear penalty as Butler appeared to bundle over Nardiello in the box – and it was hard to disagree with them.
And in the final throes, it was O’Donnell ho had to make the critical save as he arched backwards to tip away a Nardiello header at the end of a long throw routine.
Saddlers lacked quality in the final delivery but with the Banks’s Stadium attendance figure breaking 5,000 for the first time this season, Smith won’t let that spoil a terrific seven days for the club.