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Match Report: Exeter City 0-0 Walsall

2 March 2021

Walsall picked up a point and kept their first clean sheet since November as they battled to a draw against Exeter City.It was the second successive 0-0 draw between the two sides who cancelled each other out at St James’ Park.

Brian Dutton made five changes to the team that started against Bradford City.

Max Melbourne returned after he pulled out in the warm up at the weekend.

Jayden Reid was also handed his Saddlers debut while Cameron Norman, Caolan Lavery and Stuart Sinclair also came into the team. Dan Scarr, Sam Perry, Wes McDonald, Derick Osei Yaw and Josh Gordon dropped out of the XI.

Lavery had the first chance of the game for the Saddlers when Sinclair found him with a lovely pass before he let fly with a shot that took a deflection and went behind after 13 minutes

The hosts grew into game and had a couple of decent opportunities of their own but Liam Roberts was alert to stop Joel Randall and Matt Jay.

Their best chance of the half fell to Josh Key who found himself unmarked in the area but he could only divert his header wide on 24 minutes.

The Saddlers deployed a back three of Hayden White, Mat Sadler and Callum Cockerill-Mollett and they held firm in the first half.

Dutton made two changes at half time as he introduced Frank Vincent and Josh Gordon in place of Cockerill-Mollett and Reid.

Walsall had a let off early in the second half when Rory McArdle headed in Matt Jay’s free-kick but the linesman flagged for offside.

Both sides cancelled each other out throughout the game and it was proving to be a frustrating evening for both sides from an attacking point of view.

Ben Seymour fashioned a chance for himself on 70 minutes when he turned and unleashed an early shot but he blazed it over.

In the end both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.


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