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Preview: Walsall v Cheltenham

18 October 2019

Walsall will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats when they take on Cheltenham Town at the Banks’s Stadium on tomorrow.

Recent defeats to Salford City and Leyton Orient have seen the Saddlers slip to 19th in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Cheltenham, who had their game with Newport County postponed due to international call-ups last week, have made a strong start to the season and are currently sixth, occupying a play-off place.

TEAM NEWS

The Saddlers will be without Dan Scarr who will serve a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards.

Cameron Pring played 67 minutes in a reserve fixture against Mansfield Town earlier this week.

As for Cheltenham, on loan midfielder Max Sheaf has returned to his parent club Hull City after picking up an injury while former Saddlers striker Reuben Reid has returned to training but the game will come too soon for him.

FORM GUIDE

After a four match winning run, the Saddlers have gone on to lose their next two games. 

Cheltenham are unbeaten in six but have drawn their previous two matches.

They haven’t lost away in the league since August 31st.

HEAD TO HEAD

The Saddlers and the Robins have only met six times in all competitions.

Walsall are yet to taste defeat against Cheltenham, winning three and drawing three.

The teams last met back in March 2009, Robins defender Michael Townsend scored an own goal as the Saddlers came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw.

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio featured for the Gloucestershire side that afternoon.

FROM THE DUGOUT

Darrell Clarke: “We were disappointed on Saturday, we thought we chucked it away. 

"This league is about responding. Saturday is a big game for us because if you can turn that into a win that's 12 points in six games which is top three form. 

"You have to have your glass half full at times, get them organised, well drilled and get going again."

Michael Duff: "We're not quite sure what we're going to get but as always I tend to focus more on what we're going to do - how we can implement our style on the opposition no matter what type of formation they play.

"If they match us up we do one thing, if they go a different formation we've got certain ways to what we adapt and what we tweak to what the opposition do but it's mainly about how we implement our game."

TICKETS

You can still purchase tickets for Saturday’s game by visiting our e-ticketing site or by calling the ticket office 01922 651 414/416.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Walsall 1-2 Cheltenham

19 October 2019

Walsall fell to their third successive defeat after a disappointing afternoon at the Banks’s Stadium.

Ben Tozer gave the visitors the lead in the first half before Josh Gordon struck from the penalty spot to level for the Saddlers early in the second half. 

Luke Varney restored the hosts lead just before the hour mark and it proved to be decisive.

Darrell Clarke made three changes to the team that fell to defeat at Leyton Orient.

Cameron Pring made a welcomed return from an ankle injury after a just over a month on the side-lines.

He came in for Dan Scarr who was serving a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards.

Elsewhere, Alfie Bates and Josh Gordon replaced Danny Guthrie and Rory Holden.

The first 25 minutes was pretty quiet as both sides tried to find their feet.

Josh Gordon came agonisingly close to given Walsall the lead when Scott Flinders spilled the ball under pressure from Rory Gaffney and the ball fell to the striker but his effort trickled inches wide of the post.

He tested came close again just a minute later with a snapshot inside the area but was thwarted by Flinders.

It was the visitors however who opened the scoring. Liam Roberts dropped the ball as it came in and it fell to Tozer who stabbed it home.

The Saddlers made the perfect start to the second half and equalised on 51 minutes. Gordon was bundled over in the box by Chris Hussey and the referee awarded a penalty. Gordon stepped up and found the net from 12-yards to open his account for the season.

Walsall’s reprieve didn’t last long though as seven minutes later, Varney skipped past Gary Liddle to get into the area and arrowed a shot into the far corner to restore their lead.

The visitors had their tales up and came close three minutes later when Varney’s powerful strike took a slight deflection off Liddle and went over the bar.

The Saddlers boss reacted and made a double change on 68 minutes as Elijah Adebayo and Rory Holden were introduced in place of Gary Liddle and Liam Kinsella.

A chance came and went for Adebayo who skied one over the bar but despite their best efforts, the Saddlers couldn't find an equaliser. 

Walsall: Roberts (GK); Liddle (Holden 68’), Clarke ©, Jules, Pring; Sinclair, Bates, Kinsella (Adebayo 68’); Gordon, Gaffney, McDonald.
Subs: Rose (GK), Norman, Sadler, Adebayo, K. Roberts, Holden, Hardy

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