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18 July 2017 Venue Banks's Stadium Attendance 7,022 Referee Oliver Langford

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Walsall FC
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Aston Villa

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Mark Gillespie
    GK
  • 6
    Nicky Devlin
    DF
  • 5
    Jon Guthrie
    DF
  • 14
    James Wilson
    DF
  • 3
    Luke Leahy
    DF
  • 11
    Kieron Morris
    MF
  • 7
    Adam Chambers (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Flo Cuvelier
    MF
  • 2
    Joe Edwards
    MF
  • 10
    Erhun Oztumer
    FW
  • 20
    Amadou Bakayoko
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Liam Roberts
    SUB
  • 9
    Simeon Jackson
    SUB
  • 15
    Liam Kinsella
    SUB
  • 16
    Matt Preston
    SUB
  • 17
    Reece Flanagan
    SUB
  • 22
    Jordon Sangha
    SUB
  • 24
    Kory Roberts
    SUB
  • 25
    Maz Kouhyar
    SUB
  • 30
    Cameron Peters
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Jon Whitney

4-4-2
  • 1
    Sam Johnstone
    GK
  • 16
    James Bree
    DF
  • 26
    John Terry (C)
    DF
  • 25
    Chris Samba
    DF
  • 3
    Neil Taylor
    DF
  • 14
    Conor Hourihane
    MF
  • 20
    Birkir Bjarnason
    MF
  • 5
    Henri Lansbury
    MF
  • 23
    Jordan Amavi
    FW
  • 11
    Gabriel Agbonlahor
    FW
  • 19
    Andre Green
    FW

Substitutes

  • 31
    Mark Bunn
    SUB
  • 4
    Micah Richards
    SUB
  • 9
    Scott Hogan
    SUB
  • 12
    James Chester
    SUB
  • 17
    Jordan Veretout
    SUB
  • 21
    Alan Hutton
    SUB
  • 29
    Jordan Lyden
    SUB
  • 44
    Ross McCormack
    SUB
  • 8
    Aaron Tshibola
    SUB
  • 18
    Keinan Davis
    SUB
  • 37
    Mitch Clark
    SUB
  • 40
    Jake Hayes
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Steve Bruce

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Match Reports

Walsall 0-0 Aston Villa

18 July 2017

The Saddlers’ pre-season preparations continued with a goalless home draw against Championship side Aston Villa.

Steve Bruce’s Villa were first to threaten in a lively opening, with Gabriel Agbonlahor firing over after a powerful 40-yard run by Andre Green.

Shortly after, home custodian Mark Gillespie was called upon to push away Jordan Amavi’s downward header from Henri Lansbury’s accurate far-post cross.

The Saddlers responded with Erhun Oztumer dragging a 25-yard effort wide and Joe Edwards whistling a crisp left-footed drive narrowly past the post.

Amadou Bakayoko had a golden chance to give Walsall the lead on 18 minutes but the forward fired agonisingly wide after being played clean through by Adam Chambers.

Back came the Villans, with Birkir Bjarnason directing a free header badly wide from Neil Taylor’s centre.

Villa had the ball in the net nine minutes before half-time, new signing John Terry glancing home a lovely header from Conor Hourihane’s corner, but the referee had already blown for a foul.

The visitors were looking dangerous from set-pieces, with the unmarked Amavi heading another Hourihane delivery wide.

That threat continued early into the second half, as Amavi volleyed high over the bar from a corner.

Edwards, the scorer of a terrific goal at Solihull Moors on Saturday, almost grabbed another with a strong run and well-struck shot which curled wide of the far post.

A plethora of substitutions disrupted the game, and it wasn’t until the final minute of normal time that we had another chance – Jordan Lyden having a drive deflected into the side-netting.

 

Team: Gillespie, Devlin (Kinsella 68’), Guthrie (K Roberts 83’), Wilson (Preston 68’), Leahy, Chambers (Sangha 83’), Cuvelier (Flanagan 61’), Morris (Kouhyar 68’), Edwards, Oztumer (Peters 76’), Bakayoko (Jackson 61’).

 

Attendance: 7,022 (3,310 Aston Villa supporters).

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