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Walsall Preview - A look at our midweek trip to Banks's Stadium

24 October 2022

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Walsall Preview - A look at our midweek trip to Banks's Stadium

24 October 2022

After another spirited showing that earned a point from the 1-1 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers this past weekend Town are back on the road tomorrow evening when they travel to Walsall.

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Our opponents


Walsall come into the game in fifteenth position, with 17 points from their 15 games so far.

The Saddlers earned a late 1-1 draw away to Sutton on Saturday thanks to a late Jacob Maddox strike and have been defeated just once in their previous five games.

They have a return of 11 points from their seven games at the Banks's Stadium so far this season.

Previous meetings

Town are yet to taste defeat against tomorrows opponents since entering the EFL.

In the 2020/21 season the two teams shared the points, but Town had the upper hand last season thanks as goals from Simon Power, Luke Armstrong and Jack Diamond secured a 3-1 away victory before Callum Kavanagh's last minute equaliser earned a point from the clash at The EnviroVent Stadium.

The man in charge

Michael Flynn is the man in the charge, having replaced Matty Taylor part way through last season. Flynn had previously been in charge at Newport County where he led them to the playoffs.

During his playing career he made over 400 appearances for a number of clubs, notably for County as well as Wigan, Gillingham, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Bradford.

Ones to watch

The dangerman for the Town defence will be forward Danny Johnson. The former Leyton Orient man is currently on loan at the club from Mansfield and has hit eight goals so far.

Long-time midfielder Liam Kinsella has again been an ever present in the side this season.

Flynn will be without Brandon Comley after his red card at Sutton on Saturday. Tom Knowles will be hoping to replace him and he has two goals and three assists from midfield.

There will be plenty of experience from a defensive standpoint though with the likes of Peter Clarke, Manny Monthe and Donervon Daniels in the squad.

History

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

Simon Weaver will be without Will Smith, Max Wright, Dior Angus and George Thomson, but will be hopeful that Jack Muldoon and Stephen Dooley recover from the injuries that saw them miss Saturday's draw with Tranmere.

Joe Mattock is a doubt having been withdrawn with a hamstring injury in the first half on Saturday.
 

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