Our last three meetings with the Blades have finished level…Ahead of this weekend’s match against Sheffield United, we take a look back at the Saddlers’ last five matches against the Blades…
21st November 2015 – Walsall 1-1 Sheff Utd – League One
Walsall were forced to settle for a point despite dominating long periods of an absorbing encounter with promotion-rivals Sheffield United. The Saddlers bossed the opening period, with Paul Downing and Milan Lalkovic each rattling the woodwork. Tom Bradshaw’s 51st-minute tap-in deservedly put the hosts ahead, but Jose Baxter equalised midway through the second half with an accurate low strike.
17th March 2015 – Walsall 1-1 Sheff Utd – League One
Ashley Grimes scored just two minutes after coming on as a substitute to earn Walsall a draw. Jose Baxter’s sublime 25-yard strike gave Nigel Clough’s Blades an eighth-minute lead but Grimes equalised with a superb header 19 minutes from time. And the former Bury man almost won it for the Saddlers when he struck the post just moments later.
20th December 2014 – Sheff Utd 1-1 Walsall – League One
Tom Bradshaw’s header stretched Walsall’s unbeaten league run to seven matches. Jose Baxter rattled the bar for United in the first half, before Chris O’Grady’s low finish put the hosts ahead on 56 minutes. But Walsall responded almost immediately, Jordan Cook crossing for Tom Bradshaw to head home his 11th goal of the campaign.
12th November 2014 – Walsall 1-0 Sheff Utd – JPT
Romaine Sawyers scored the only goal as we booked our place in the JPT Northern Area semi-finals. After a forgettable first period, Sawyers broke the deadlock ten minutes after the break with a glancing header from Anthony Forde’s corner. Mathieu Manset and Ashley Grimes each went close to extending Walsall’s lead, while United’s Chris Porter saw penalty appeals waved away. Our reward was a trip to Tranmere.
1st January 2014 - Walsall 2-1 Sheff Utd – League One
Walsall moved to within a point of the play-offs after coming from behind to win. Chris Porter rifled Sheffield United ahead on 17 minutes but Craig Westcarr’s penalty levelled proceedings after the break. And James Chambers capped a flowing move with a cool finish to seal victory on 62 minutes. The result moved Walsall up to seventh in League One.