A Jordan Cook double secured victory in December...Ahead of Sunday’s match against Port Vale, we take a look back at the Saddlers’ last five matches against the Valiants…
20th December 2015 – Walsall 2-0 Port Vale – League One
Super-sub Jordan Cook scored a second-half brace to give Sean O'Driscoll the perfect start as Walsall head coach. The striker broke the deadlock just four minutes after coming on when he fired home from close range after Anthony Forde's shot was parried. And he made the points safe seven minutes from time, with a fine curling finish into the corner.
14th February 2015 – Walsall 0-1 Port Vale – League One
Tom Pope’s first-half header gave Vale victory and ended Walsall’s five-game unbeaten run. The Saddlers had strong penalty appeals waved away when Ryan Inniss appeared to haul down Jordy Hiwula. And that decision proved costly, as Pope headed home Carl Dickinson’s left-wing cross on 28 minutes. Walsall pushed for an equaliser after the break, with Romaine Sawyers striking a post, but the visitors held on.
9th August 2014 – Port Vale 1-1 Walsall – League One
A debut goal from Tom Bradshaw earned Walsall a point in an entertaining season-opener at Vale Park. The Valiants went ahead on 25 minutes, when Tom Pope converted Mark Marshall’s low cross from close range. But the Saddlers responded in the second half, with new-signing Bradshaw racing on to Ashley Grimes’ pass and lifting a shot over the advancing Sam Johnson.
5th April 2014 – Port Vale 1-0 Walsall – League One
Jennison Myrie-Williams’ second-half penalty handed Port Vale their first league double over Walsall since the 1899/1900 season. The only goal came after 52 minutes, Myrie-Williams converting from the spot after Paul Downing had fouled Tom Pope. Both sides had chances in a lively affair; home keeper Sam Johnson denied Romaine Sawyers and Michael Ngoo, while Vale’s Chris Birchall and Doug Loft also went close.
30th November 2013 – Walsall 0-2 Port Vale – League One
Port Vale recorded their first victory at Walsall in 66 years, courtesy of goals from Tom Pope and Gavin Tomlin. The Valiants opened the scoring on 20 minutes, striker Pope driving home from Adam Yates’ centre. Vale’s Chris Lines had a goal disallowed, but Tomlin eventually made it 2-0 when he swivelled and fired into the roof of the net. Romaine Sawyers went closest for the Saddlers.