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Previous Meeting: Scunthorpe 0-1 Walsall

10 August 2018

Match Previews

Previous Meeting: Scunthorpe 0-1 Walsall

10 August 2018

Ahead of tomorrow's trip to Glanford Park, Joshua Bunting takes a look at a previous meeting between Walsall and Scunthorpe.

In September 2015, the Saddlers claimed a 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe thanks to a goal from upcoming left-back Rico Henry.

The result saw Dean Smith’s side move to within one point of then League One leaders Burton Albion. 

The hosts almost took the lead when Joe Lolley beat the Walsall backline but Neil Etheridge saved his curling shot.

But the Saddlers went ahead when Jordan Cook flicked the ball to Henry who fired past Iron keeper Luke Daniels.

Scott Laird - who later played for the Saddlers - could have rescued a point for Scunthorpe late on but he nodded his effort straight at Etheridge.

It was Walsall who should have extended their lead in stoppage time, with Bradshaw and Henry both missing good chances.

It was very much a dominant performance from the Saddlers, who registered nine shots on goal compared to Scunthorpe’s five. 

Dean Smith’s side also had most of the ball, having 53% possession.


What the manager said:

"That is one of my most pleasing results of the season in terms of performance, and discipline, and doggedness. 

"I knew it would be a tough game. I've played on this pitch, it's tight and I didn't think they'd give us much time on the ball and they didn't, they got in our faces.

"How we worked the goal was fantastic. A great touch and flick from Jordan Cook and Rico Henry has gone through and finished it like a seasoned goalscorer.

"I'm really pleased for him. He gives you no problems, he just gets on with it and does his job and he's a quick learner."

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