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MATCH PREVIEW - The key details for tomorrow's match against Walsall

17 April 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - The key details for tomorrow's match against Walsall

17 April 2023

After securing yet another comeback last Saturday we hope to go one better tomorrow evening when we entertain Walsall at The EnviroVent Stadium.

The second-half rally that earned a 2-2 draw against Doncaster Rovers meant that the unbeaten home run was stretched to six games and Simon Weaver's side will be going all out for a crucial win in what is the penultimate home fixture of the 2022/23 season.

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Our opponents

Walsall come into the game in fifteenth position on 51 points with four games remaining.

After a positive end to 2022 when they posted six wins in seven games they have won one of 20 matches in all competitions in 2023, although they have drawn 12 of these.

The Saddlers have three wins on the road this season.

Previous meetings

Town went down to a 3-1 defeat earlier this season, the first defeat against Walsall since promotion to the EFL. First-half goals from Danny Johnson, Liam Gordon and Isaac Hutchinson gave the hosts a 3-0 lead before a late consolation from Matty Daly reduced the arrears.

Both previous meetings between the sides at The Envirovent Stadium ended in a stalemate with a goalless draw in the 2020/21 season before Callum Kavanagh's injury-time equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at the end of last season.

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 leading scorer for the Saddlers this season is Danny Johnson, with 12 goals, although they have been without his service since he returned to parent club Mansfield in January.

Jamille Matt and Matt Stevens, who topped the scoring charts in League Two a season ago, arrived to replace him but have just a goal apiece so far.

Midfielders Isaac Hutchinson and Tom Knowles will be key figures with both having contributed goals and assists over the course of the season. Long serving Liam Kinsella will also be an important part of the side.

There will be plenty of experience from a defensive standpoint though with the likes of 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 have posted mid-table finishes since.

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's continue to have long-term absentees Stephen Dooley and Kayne Ramsay on the sidelines. Alex Pattison and Sam Folarin are also doubts for the clash


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