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Previous Meeting: Walsall 3-1 Barnsley

7 September 2018

Ahead of tomorrow's match against Barnsley, Joshua Bunting takes a look at a previous meeting between the two sides...

In December 2014, Walsall ran out 3-1 winners over Barnsley at the Banks's Stadium thanks to a Jordan Cook brace.

Lewin Nyatanga put the visitors in front as he rose unmarked to firmly head in Connor Hourihane's corner.

The Saddlers were soon level as Cook scored a magnificent half-volley from the edge of the area before Tom Bradshaw drilled home to complete the turnaround.

Barnsley piled on the pressure after the break but home keeper Richard O'Donnell kept them at bay before Cook fired in his second in stoppage time.

The win stretched mid-table Walsall's unbeaten run to six games. 

Despite having less possession, the Tykes dominated in terms of attempts - recording 15 efforts on goal.

Another previous meeting that Saddlers fans and manager Dean Keates will remember came on 6th May 2006. 

Barnsley secured a place in the League One play-offs with victory at ten-man Walsall on the final day of the season.

Marc Richards broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark, but the man now in the dugout, Dean Keates, levelled for the Saddlers with a 59th-minute penalty.

Ian Roper was sent off for the hosts, and Daniel Nardiello won and then converted a late spot-kick to make it 2-1. 

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