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Previous Meeting: Walsall 3-2 Accrington

29 September 2018

Ahead of today's League One clash with Accrington, Joshua Bunting takes a look at a previous meeting between the sides...

This match took place in League Two in April 2007, with Walsall coming from behind to win this five-goal thriller.

Before the match, Walsall had previously conceded just 10 league goals in 19 home games. 

Stanley began brightly, Paul Mullin lashing over from 10 yards and Shaun Whalley firing in a succession of dangerous free-kicks.

But just as the visitors were building up a head of steam, they fell behind to a Saddlers sucker-punch.

Out of nothing, Butler's defence-splitting pass beat Williams and Godwin Antwi to send Harper through one-on-one before he finished with aplomb.

Mullin equalised three minutes later when his effort looped over a back-peddling Clayton Ince in the Saddlers goal. 

With 25 minutes to go, Accrington took the lead when Edwards' mis-hit shot flew wide to Whalley and his inch-perfect cross was bulleted home by Williams at the back post, his second league goal of the season.

But the Saddlers still carried a threat, equalising after Edwards was adjudged to have clattered Butler inside the penalty box.

It was a harsh call, as both players seemed to collide together, but Keates expertly blasted home the resulting penalty from 12 yards, raising the decibel level inside the Bescot Stadium.

Late drama was then to unfold as, with just five minutes to go, Pead's cross found its way to an unmarked Butler, whose left-foot effort beat Martin in the Stanley goal.  


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