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Matchday Guide | Walsall (A)

21 February 2023

Crewe Alexandra will look to make it four matches unbeaten when they visit Walsall tonight (Tuesday, 7:45pm).

Lee Bell’s side will aim to build on their comeback draw at Harrogate, and record their first away victory of 2023 at The Poundland Bescot Stadium.

The Opposition

Walsall sit 14th in League Two on 41 points, and still have an outside chance of reaching the Play-Offs having played three games less than seventh-placed Salford City.

Last time out, the Saddlers shared a draw with Newport County, with midfielder Isaac Hutchinson getting on the scoresheet in a 1-1 result.

The Gaffer

Welshman Michael Flynn took charge of the West Midlands club in February 2022, guiding them to safety from the drop last term.

Flynn is best known for steering Newport County to beat the drop from the EFL on the last day of the season in 2017, after the club was 11 points adrift in mid-March.

Fighting Talk

Michael Flynn: “I am expecting a tough game against Crewe, but I agree we certainly need to get something out of it.

"Our front two need service and they haven’t had too much of it. We’re plodding on, we’re still tough to beat but we need to start going on a winning streak.”

Lee Bell: “He (Michael Flynn) has them well-organised, they know their roles, are honest as they come, they work their socks off and they have some quality.

“You can’t let them steamroll you, we have to match what they are doing and then add bits to our game which we think will counteract how they play.”

Team News

Conor Wilkinson remains sidelined for Walsall, who have otherwise got a fully fit squad to choose from for Tuesday’s encounter.

Courtney Baker-Richardson, Christopher Long, David Amoo, Kelvin Mellor, Zac Williams and Charlie Colkett remain sidelined for the Alex.

Head-to-Head

The clubs have locked horns on 74 occasions, with the Saddlers edging the head-to-head battle with 31 victories compared to the Alex’s 24.

The last time the clubs met, The Railwaymen were 2-1 winners in February 2020 courtesy of goals from Daniel Powell and Oli Finney.

Officials

David Rock will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night, having last taken charge of Crewe in September 2019, a 3-2 home defeat against Cambridge United.

He will be assisted by Grant Taylor and Adam Ricketts, with Lewis Dawson appointed as fourth official.

Elsewhere in League Two

Grimsby Town v Harrogate Town, Hartlepool United v Newport County; Rochdale v Stockport County.

Ticket Details

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Match Report | Walsall 0 Crewe 0

21 February 2023

  • Honours even at Poundland Bescot Stadium
  • Clean sheet on debut for keeper Beadle
  • Four games unbeaten for The Railwaymen

Crewe Alexandra had to settle for a share of the spoils at Walsall on Tuesday evening.

Dan Agyei had a goal ruled out for offside and Connor O’Riordan nearly nicked it at the end, but Lee Bell’s men could not find a way through.

Keeper James Beadle impressed with a clean sheet on his debut, and he was well protected by the men in front of him.

That makes it four games without defeat for Crewe, who stay 17th in League Two.

Manager Bell made three changes to the side that drew at Harrogate, handing a debut to 18-year-old Beadle.

Sean Robertson and Tariq Uwakwe were recalled, with Dave Richards, Callum Ainley and Conor Thomas dropping to the bench.

Walsall, who were captained by former Crewe man Donervon Daniels, went close on eight minutes when Isaac Hutchinson raced in on goal but he was denied by the legs of Beadle from just outside the area.

Hutchinson had two more tries from range before the half-hour mark, but both were wide of the target.

It was a contrast of styles, as the powerful home side looked to go long while Crewe knocked the ball around nicely when in possession.

Beadle punched away a volleyed attempt from Jamile Matt, and the keeper easily held a free header from Robbie Willmott, as the hosts pressed.

But Crewe finished the half strongly and thought they had hit the front when Agyei tucked home from an Elliott Nevitt flick-on, but the assistant referee’s flag cut celebrations short.

Beadle made a fine save at his near post to beat away a Hutchinson shot as Walsall enjoyed the best of the opening stages of the second half.

Both goalkeepers were well protected for the most part, as the sides struggled to create clear-cut chances.

The action was saved for the final stages, when Knowles saw a shot blocked from close range, and captain Luke Offord headed away as Walsall looked to steal it.

At the other end Saddlers keeper Owen Evans made a superb stretching save when Connor O’Riordan’s effort flicked off a defender and looked set to loop in.

But the sides could not be separated after four minutes of added time.

Walsall (5-3-2): Evans; Daniels, Monthe, White; Knowles, Comley, Allen (Gordon, 77), Hutchinson, Willmott; Matt (Williams, 46), Stevens (James-Taylor, 71).

Subs not used: Riley, McEntee, Low, Songo’o.

Booked: Knowles, Comley.

Crewe (3-5-2): Beadle; O’Riordan, McDonald, Offord; Adebisi (Thomas, 71), Robertson, Finnigan, Tabiner (Ainley, 67), Uwakwe; Agyei, Nevitt (Sambou, 86).

Subs not used: Richards, Sass-Davies, Brook, Griffiths.

Booked: Offord, Robertson, Finnigan.

Referee: David Rock.

Attendance: 5,071 (301).

 

 

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Ticket News

Tickets | Walsall (A)

19 February 2023

Tickets available for our next Sky Bet League Two fixture...

Back on our travels on Tuesday evening as we head to West Midlands to face Walsall FC.

Tuesday 21 February at 7.45pm is when the Reds will come head-to-head with Michael Flynn's side.
 
 
Category Pre-match Matchday
Adults £22 £24
Over-60s £18 £20
Under-21s £17 £19
Under-18s £11 £13
Family Ticket* £24 £26

* 1 Adult & 1 U-18

Please note Walsall is a cashless stadium.

Coach Travel
 
Depart at 5pm

Season ticket holders and members £16

Non-members £17

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