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Match Report: Carlisle 0-0 Walsall

8 May 2021

Walsall signed off the 2020/21 season with a goalless draw away at Carlisle United.

The draw saw the Saddlers finish on 53 points and 19th in Sky Bet League Two.

Brian Dutton made two changes to the team that fell to a 2-0 defeat to Morecambe last week.

Tom Leak and Caolan Lavery came into the side in place of Dan Scarr and Wes McDonald.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts when Jack Armer crossed for Nick Anderton whose close-range header was caught by Jack Rose after seven minutes.

Walsall’s first opportunity came after 23 minutes when Lavery struck a fierce shot from 25 yards that was beaten away by Paul Farman.

Carlisle thought they took the lead two minutes later but they were denied by a superb save from Jack Rose who pushed away Armer’s close-range header.

With little to play for in terms of the league table for both sides, the first half was fairly open and both sides created opportunities.

Josh Gordon latched on to Max Melbourne’s ball over the top and tried to bend a shot into the top corner but he just missed the target.

The Cumbrians should have opened the scoring on 37 minutes when Gime Toure robbed Sam Perry on the 18-yard box and was one-on-one with Rose but the Saddlers stopper got down really well to pull off a fantastic save with his right hand before Mellish blazed over the follow up.

That proved to be last chance of the first half and the two sides went into the break level.

The Saddlers had a couple of early openings in the second half when Leak headed wide from Osadebe’s free-kick before the midfielder burst into the area but his cut-back was intercepted.

Dutton made his first change on 67 minutes when he replaced Josh Gordon with Wes McDonald.

Osadebe delivered another decent free-kick two minutes later, this time it was Melbourne who got on the end of it but his header was off target.

The game started to drift from then on and chances were few and far between.

Carlisle substitute Lewis Alessandra tried his luck from distance but he bent his shot wide.

Dutton introduced Jack Nolan and Cameron Norman, who replaced Tyreik Wright and Hayden White for the final five minutes.

Stuart Sinclair and Joe Willis also came on to play out stoppage time in place of Osadebe and Liam Kinsella.

Neither side could find a late winner and the match ended goalless.

Rose; White (Norman 85’), Leak, Clarke, Melbourne; Perry, Kinsella (Sinclair 90’), Osadebe (Willis 90’); Wright (Nolan 85’), Gordon (McDonald 67’), Lavery
Subs: Roberts, Bates


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