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Previous Meeting: Oxford 1-2 Walsall

21 September 2018

Ahead of tomorrow's match at Oxford, Joshua Bunting takes a look at our last visit to the Kassam Stadium, almost a year ago to the day...

Erhun Oztumer put the Saddlers ahead in the 32nd minute when he turned in Joe Edwards' left-wing cross from close range, his fifth goal of the season.

Oztumer should have had a second nine minutes later when he was through on goal, only for Simon Eastwood to brilliantly deflect his shot for a corner.

The Saddlers dominated the first half, with Kieron Morris, Zeli Ismail and former U's forward Tyler Roberts all forcing Eastwood into saves.

Oztumer then provided the pass for Walsall to double their lead on 53 minutes as Roberts turned to shoot past Eastwood from 14 yards.

Oxford, who went close when Gino van Kessel stabbed a shot against the post, pulled one back in the 78th minute when Ryan Ledson converted from the penalty spot after Luke Leahy had brought down Rob Hall, sending Mark Gillespie the wrong way.

Oxford dominated possession with 57% compared to Walsall’s 43%, but the Saddlers did have more efforts on target, having 10 compared to the Yellows' five.


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