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Match Report: Walsall 1-1 Colchester

10 October 2020

Walsall came from behind to earn a point against fellow unbeaten side Colchester United at the Banks’s Stadium.

 

Steve Ball’s side took the lead against the run of play through Callum Harriott in the first half but Adebayo scored his second of the season on 53 minutes to draw the Saddlers level.

Darrell Clarke made four changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers last week.

Hayden White, Zak Jules, Stuart Sinclair and Caolan Lavery dropped to the bench with Cameron Norman, Wes McDonald, Danny Guthrie and Adebayo coming into the team.

There was a good tempo to the game in the early exchanges where we saw a handful of early opportunities.

Colchester almost took the lead just two minutes in when Jevani Brown won just outside the area and clipped it over Liam Roberts but it bounced off the post as the Saddlers were let off the hook.

Walsall imposed themselves on the game after that and had a good chance on nine minutes when Josh Gordon got on the end of Dan Scarr’s flick on and unleashed a shot that just went over after taking a deflection.

The Saddlers dominated the ball in the opening 25 minutes but it was the visitors who struck first when Harriott turned past James Clarke before he rifled the ball into the bottom corner to give Colchester the lead against the run of play.

Walsall responded well to going behind. McDonald had a good opportunity on 29 minutes when he picked up the ball just inside the area and got a shot away but it took a deflection and went wide.

The home side were dealt a blow on 41 minutes when Gordon was forced off with a knee injury and replaced by Lavery.

Walsall came close to equalising a minute later when the ball dropped to Scarr in the box and after he miss-hit his initial shot, he got a second bite at it and his powerful strike forced a fine save out of Dean Gerken and the Saddlers went in behind at the break.

Clarke’s men came out strongly in the second half and their early pressure was rewarded eight minutes into the half when Adebayo picked up the ball just inside the area on the left-hand side and his curling effort took a slight deflection before finding the bottom corner to level the match.

The Saddlers were unlucky not to take the lead three minutes later when Holden’s beautiful cross found Adebayo at the back post but his downward header was pushed away by Gerken.

Walsall continued to push and were again denied by Gerken with 10 minutes to go when Holden tried to place one in the bottom corner but the U’s stopper parried it away.

In the end, both sides had to settle for a point as they both maintain their unbeaten starts to the season.

The Saddlers are now nine unbeaten in the league, stretching back to last season.

Roberts; Norman, Scarr, Clarke, Nurse; Kinsella, Guthrie (Bates), Gordon (Lavery), Holden, McDonald (Osadebe), Adebayo
Subs: Rose (GK), Jules, Sinclair, White


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