Walsall will travel to the People’s Pension Stadium to take on Crawley Town tomorrow.
The Saddlers go into the game buoyed by back-to-back victories while the Red Devils are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions and are through to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup after their penalty shootout victory over Stoke City.
Ahead of this weekend’s Sky Bet League Two clash, we take a look at three memorable meetings between the two sides.
Walsall 5-0 Crawley – April 14th 2015
Just under a month on from their trip to Wembley, the Saddlers were still trying to secure their League One status and moved seven points clear with this emphatic victory over.
Jordy Hiwula, who was on loan from Manchester City at the time, scored a brace either side of the break before Kieron Morris scored his first league goal for the Saddlers.
Further goals from Andy Taylor and Jordan Cook rounded off a dominant performance by Dean Smith’s side who went on to finish 14th that season.
Walsall 2-2 Crawley – 16th March 2013
An excellent run from Christmas put Walsall right into the play-off picture before they faced high-flying Crawley at the Banks’s Stadium.
After a goalless first half, Jamie Proctor gave Crawley the lead on 52 minutes before Paul Hayes doubled their lead with just less than 20 minutes to go.
The Saddlers were heading towards a damaging defeat as injury time approached but Jamie Paterson pulled one back with a deflected shot in the 90th minute before Will Grigg scored a dramatic equalise to rescue a point a move Smith’s side to within a point of the play-offs.
Crawley 2-2 Walsall – 17th November 2012
The first ever meeting between the two teams was an entertaining affair. The Saddlers took the lead on 14 minutes through Febian Brandy but Billy Clarke equalised six minutes later.
The game was finely poised but it was Walsall who restored their lead when Ashley Hemmings netted with 16 minutes to go but Smith’s men couldn’t hold on to their lead as Jonathan Forte equalised in the final 10 minutes.
Current Walsall defender Mat Sadler was in the starting XI for Crawley that afternoon.