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Match Report: Stevenage 1-1 Walsall

20 February 2021

Saddlers Head Coach Brian Dutton secured his first point since taking over the helm as an early goal from Caolan Lavery was enough to see the team walk away with a point from a tough game against an inform Stevenage side.

The opening goal of the game caught everyone by surprise, including Stevenage goalkeeper Jamie Cumming, as Lavery pressed a back pass down and the attempted clearance cannoned back off the striker and into the top corner of an empty net.

Following an explosive start to the game, the home side grew into the contest and were constantly knocking on the door in the first half.

With 14 minutes on the clock, a ball which was headed back across goal by Luke Prosser found Elliot List at the back post but the lively striker couldn’t get enough on his effort and it went wide of the far post.

Moments later and List was once again causing the Saddlers problems as his header looked destined for the top corner but a superb one-handed save from Roberts denied the home sides top scorer.

Just after the half hour mark and Roberts was on hand again with a superb save to keep the Saddlers ahead. The ball fell to Luther James-Wildin on the edge of the area and his left-footed strike was arrowing towards the opposite top corner but again Roberts made a stunning flying save.

As half time approached, Roberts again came to the rescue as Osborne tried to curl the ball into the far but Saddlers goalkeeper adjusted himself well to parry the ball away.

Into the second half and the onslaught from the home side continued and they gained an advantage 11 minutes into the second period when midfielder Liam Kinsella was shown a straight red card for a challenge on a Stevenage man.

Minutes after the dismissal, Roberts was again called into action as he denied Elliot Osborne from distance.

But with 20 minutes left to play, the home side made their pressure count as a long ball over the top found List and after controlling it well with his right foot, he smashed a half-volley past Roberts with his left foot to make sure the spoils were shared at the Lamex Stadium.


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