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Match Report: Newport 1-1 Walsall

24 November 2020

Walsall ended a run of four consecutive defeats in all competitions with a credible draw against league leaders Newport County.

Elijah Adebayo scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Saddlers the lead but Scott Twine levelled almost instantly after his long range effort got the better of Liam Roberts.

Darrell Clarke made two changes to the team that lost to Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Alfie Bates and James Clarke both came into the starting XI in place of Danny Guthrie and Callum Cockerill-Mollett.

The Saddlers started brightly and enjoyed the majority of the early possession as they looked to take the game to the league leaders right from the off.

Walsall got their noses in front with their first meaningful effort on goal when Rory Holden slipped the ball through to Adebayo who arrowed a low shot into the bottom corner after 21 minutes.

That sparked the game into life and the hosts equalised instantly when Twine tried his luck with a shot from 40 yards that looked to be heading straight into Liam Roberts’ gloves but it slipped through his fingers and dropped into the back of the net.

The Saddlers responded well and almost re-took the lead a minute later when Emmanuel Osadebe won the ball in the Newport area and had the goal at his mercy but he snatched his shot wide from close range.

Walsall remained the brighter of the two teams for the remainder of the first half and had further chances through Liam Kinsella, whose shot deflected wide, and Dan Scarr who headed over but the sides went in level at the break.

Newport applied a bit more pressure in the early exchanges of the second half but didn’t test Roberts.

Osadebe had an opportunity for the Saddlers on 57 minutes when he tried his luck from distance but his low shot was collected by Nick Townsend.

Twine had a chance to score his second two minutes later when he met Padraig Amond’s cross but Roberts was equal to his effort.

Adebayo also had a chance to double his tally 15 minutes from time after Osadebe knocked the ball into his path but he blazed his shot over the bar.

Clarke made a double change on 77 minute as Scrimshaw and Adebayo made way for Caolan Lavery and Wes McDonald.

The hosts should have gone in front on 80 minutes when substitute Robbie Wilmott’s cross found Twine with was unmarked in the six yard box but directed his header wide from close range.

Newport were presented with an opportunity with two minutes of normal time to play when they were awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the area. Matty Dolan took it and his low free-kick took a deflection off the Walsall wall and went behind.

Walsall pushed for a winner but it ended all square and the Saddlers ended Newport’s 100% home start at Rodney Parade.  

 

Saddlers Team: Roberts; Norman, Scarr, Clarke, Jules; Kinsella, Bates; Holden, Osadebe (Nolan), Scrimshaw (McDonald); Adebayo (Lavery)
Subs: Rose, White, Sinclair, Guthrie.


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