Walsall 0 Rochdale 0 - Player ratings

Joe Edwards rates the players after Walsall's goalless draw with Rochdale at the Banks's Stadium.

Conor Wilkinson battles for the ball
Conor Wilkinson battles for the ball

CARL RUSHWORTH

A fourth league clean sheet for the Brighton loanee, who only had to make one save in the end. Distribution was solid.

Clean sheet: 7

OTIS KHAN

He is not a natural right-back, but he adjusted to the role very well. Rochdale targeted his side early on. Khan, though, dealt with the threat and put in an assured performance. A successful first league start for the Saddlers.

Assured: 8

ROLLIN MENAYESE

Menayese will be happy with the clean sheet, and he played his part by winning a series of headers and making a few well-timed blocks. Efficient with the ball, too.

Headers: 7

MANNY MONTHE

Much-improved after the dismal defeat to Harrogate. Did the basics well, although he did pick up a booking in the second half.

Better: 7

STEPHEN WARD

Again, a lot more steady than in the previous game. Still could offer more going forward but defensively, Ward put in a sound display.

Steady: 7

JOSS LABADIE

Having been told to be 'cleverer' by Taylor, Labadie showed some nice attacking intent. Had a first-half effort blocked and a second-half volley fly over the bar.

Attack-minded: 7

JACK EARING

Although he did not quite shine here as he has done previously, Earing has become a consistent performer in midfield. Comfortable on the ball and gets about.

Consistent: 7

CONOR WILKINSON

Good to see him back from injury. Not fully fit yet, but played a cracking through-ball to Miller which should have resulted in a goal.

Vision: 7

EMMANUEL OSADEBE

Guilty of holding onto the ball for too long and slowing play down. Was replaced after looking particularly leggy in the second half.

Indecisive: 5

TYRESE SHADE

Also failed to make the right decision often enough. Had flashes in the first half but faded in the second and then went off.

Struggled: 5

GEORGE MILLER

Ran his socks off, as ever, but did not have the end product this time around. Spurned Walsall's best chance when denied one-on-one by Lynch.

Denied: 6

SUBS

Kieran Phillips (for Shade, 62)

Went on a few runs without having much joy. 6

Brendan Kiernan (for Osadebe, 73)

Put a couple of crosses in. 6

Liam Kinsella (for Earing, 89)

N/A

Not used: Rose (gk), Taylor, Leak, Perry

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