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Blues had worked tirelessly to keep the scores level with Dan Bentley giving a man of the match performance in goal for Phil Brown’s side.
Despite having chances to win the game themselves, they were undone by a late Jordy Hiwula effort that was adjudged to have crossed the line by the Assistant Referee.
Jordy Hiwula’s late header condemned Southend United to a 1-0 defeat at promotion pushing Walsall this afternoon.
The Saddlers were on top for most of the match but struggled to find a way past an inspired Daniel Bentley who pulled off a string of stunning saves for the Blues.
But Bentley was eventually beaten two minutes from time when Hiwula’s header from Kieron Morris’ right wing corner was adjudged to have crossed the goal-line after hitting the underside of the crossbar.
Southend United boss Phil Brown claimed his side were unhinged by a poor decision at the Bescot Stadium.
This after promotion chasing Walsall grabbed a late winner when Jordy Hiwula’s header two minutes from time was deemed to have crept over the line by an assistant.
Jordy Hiwula kept Walsall's League One automatic promotion hopes alive as his late winner downed mid-table Southend.
The on-loan striker headed an 88th-minute corner against the underside of the bar and, although it was cleared, the assistant referee awarded a goal.
Dan Bentley had earlier made fine saves from Romaine Sawyers, Milan Lalkovic and Hiwula to keep the scores level.
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved Adam Barrett's volley to deny the visitors an injury-time equaliser.
The Saddlers are now within three points of the automatic promotion places after second-placed Burton Albion were held to a 0-0 draw by Barnsley.
With a game in hand and a slightly better goal difference over Burton, automatic promotion from League One is now back in the Saddlers' own hands.
Jordy Hiwula scored an 88th-minute winner as Walsall moved to within three points of the automatic promotion places with victory over Southend.
The Saddlers dominated throughout but found Blues keeper Dan Bentley in phenomenal form as he saved from Sam Mantom, Hiwula and Kieron Morris.
Anthony Forde also struck a post for the dominant hosts, who finally broke the deadlock when Morris’ corner was headed in via the bar by Hiwula.
Jon Whitney’s side remain third in League One but are now just three points behind second-placed Burton with a game in hand.
It’s a debate that will rank up there with Geoff Hurst's crucial goal in the 1966 World Cup Final (ok maybe not).
But there was certainly a huge discussion being had on Saturday night about whether Jordy Hiwula's 88th-minute winner for the Saddlers against Southend crossed the line.
Blues Boss Phil Brown was apoplectic at the decision, insisting there was no way the official could have given the goal.
It was certainly harsh on United keeper Daniel Bentley, who had produced heroics in the Southend goal with more than half a dozen stunning saves to deny the Saddlers.