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JANUARY 2015

31 January 2015

A happy ending to the opening month of the year...

2015 started with a home game against neighbours, Coventry City.

In front of a vocal crowd, we slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat as our visitors went ahead with an early goal before sealing the points with a second late on.

Next up we turned our attentions to Johnstone's Paint Trophy matters with the first leg of our Area Final at Preston North End.

In front of the live television cameras, The Saddlers had Richard O'Donnell to thank for a couple of impressive saves during the opening period, but after the break it was our turn to be on top.

An impressive second half showing was rewarded with late goals from Anthony Forde and Tom Bradshaw to give us a two-goal lead to take into the home second leg at the end of the month.

It was back to League duty and we were brought crashing down to earth with a 4-1 home reverse at the hands of a resurgent Scunthorpe United.

The visitors went ahead with an own goal from James Chambers and managed to double their advantage before the break. A first League goal for Michael Cain gave us hope but more defensive indecision saw The Iron restore their two-goal advantage from the penalty spot before adding a fourth goal a couple of minutes later.

We managed to bounce back in our next game on the road when we battled out a 2-0 win at Colchester United.

James O'Connor was paired with James Chambers in the heart of the back-line but he lasted barely a minute before he had to go off with a nasty cut to the head.

Despite this, we went on bring home a deserved three points as Anthony Forde headed home just past the half-hour before Michael Cain broke away to seal the win as the clock ticked down.

There was an unbelievably happy end to the month when our Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final second leg with Preston North End ended in a goalless draw in front of a capacity Banks's Stadium crowd.

It meant that Walsall FC were Wembley-bound for the first time in our history.

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