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Walsall Preview - A closer look at this Saturday's trip to the West Midlands

11 November 2021

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Walsall Preview - A closer look at this Saturday's trip to the West Midlands

11 November 2021

Town are on their travels this weekend with a trip to Walsall, looking to respond to Tuesday night's loss at Sheffield Wednesday and build on last weekend's victory over Wrexham.

Simon Weaver's side currently sit in the playoff positions and booked a Second Round tie at Portsmouth in the FA Cup last weekend courtesy of a 2-1 home win against the National League side.

Our opponents

Walsall, under new management in the shape of Matthew Taylor this season, sit just three points off Town and are unbeaten in their last six outings.

Their last league outing was an impressive 1-0 win away to Sutton United and they too made it through to round two of the FA Cup last Saturday with a defeat of Kings Lynn Town.

Last season

Honours were even last season with both fixtures ending in a stalemate.

In early September goals from Aaron Martin and Jack Muldoon put Town ahead in the first half in our first ever home match in the EFL, but a late Josh Gordon strike saw the game finish 2-2.

At the Banks's Stadium on Good Friday later in the season the two sides played out a goalless draw.

The man in charge

Matthew Taylor is the man at the helm for the Saddlers, taking charge in the summer for his first managerial job after most recently being on the coaching staff at Tottenham and in charge of their under-18 side.

Taylor also had an impressive playing career that saw him make some 650 appearances - many of them in the Premier League - for Luton, Portsmouth, Bolton, West Ham, Burnley, Northampton and Swindon.

Ones to Watch

Taylor was busy during the summer bringing in a host of new faces in a bid to improve upon last season's 19th placed finish in a season that also saw manager Darrell Clarke move to League Two rivals Port Vale.

A familiar face to Town fans will be Brendan Kiernan, a popular figure from his two seasons at Town before moving to the Saddlers in the summer, and he has been a near ever present so far netting once and adding three assists.

George Miller has hit seven goals in 10 appearances this season after joining on a year-long loan from Barnsley, whilst Kieran Phillips has struck three times.

Ex-Ipswich man Stephen Ward adds experience at the back and Taylor also boosted his ranks with the addition of midfielder Joss Labadie from Newport County, defender Manny Monthe from Tranmere and forward Connor Wilkinson, who arrived from Leyton Orient.


Walsall have spent the vast majority of their time in the third tier of English football, last playing in the Championship in the early 2000's. They were relegated to League Two at the end of the 2018/19 season and the past two seasons have seen them post mid-table finishes.

They moved to their current all-seater home, Banks's Stadium, in 1990 and posted a record attendance of 11,049 in 2004 against Rotherham. The all-time leader in appearances for the club is Jimmy Walker, who played 534 times across two spells, whilst Alan Buckley is their leading goalscorer, netting 202 times in the 1970's and 1980's.

Team News

Town will have plenty to consider selection wise ahead of the game, with Luke Armstrong edging closer to a return to action, along with Lloyd Kerry, though Weaver will be hoping Jack Muldoon can shake off the knock suffered midweek and not be forced to watch from the sidelines along with long term absentee Rory McArdle.


Due to it taking place on an international weekend, this fixture is available to stream live for £10 via our streaming service.

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