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Match Report: Walsall 0-2 Morecambe

1 May 2021

Walsall ended their home campaign with a frustrating defeat to promotion chasing Morecambe at the Banks’s Stadium.

Derek Adams’ side opened the scoring on the stroke of half time through Cole Stockton before Yann Songo’o netted the decisive goal with 13 minutes to go.

Brian Dutton named an unchanged team as well as an unchanged bench from last week’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

Morecambe started brightly and applied some early pressure but the Saddlers stood firm.

Walsall’s first opportunity came after 14 minutes when Tyreik Wright skipped past three Shrimps defenders before he poked the ball goalwards but he was thwarted by the onrushing Kyle Letheren.

Eight minutes later, Emmanuel Osadebe delivered an inviting ball across the six-yard box from a free-kick but it was turned behind by the visitors.

Dutton’s side were the team asking all the questions in the first half. Josh Gordon had a good chance when Hayden White danced into the area and was met by a defender before the ball ricocheted off him into the path of Gordon who arrowed a shot wide.

It was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play a minute into stoppage time when Cole Stockton took advantage of a miss-control from Dan Scarr and applied a neat finish past Jack Rose.

Walsall came out in search of an equaliser in the second half and were on the front foot straight away.

Sam Perry delivered a fine cross that was met by Gordon but his header flew over the bar.

The visitors still posed a threat though and almost doubled their lead when the ball was cut back to Toumani Diagouraga inside the penalty area and he turned a first time shot just wide.

Dutton made his first change on 65 minutes when he swapped Gordon for fellow striker Caolan Lavery.

For all their possession, the Saddlers struggled to create anything clear cut and Morecambe made matters worse when the added a second on 77 minutes when Sam Lavelle’s header was well saved by Jack Rose but Songo’o reacted first to nod in the rebound.

The Saddlers responded well as they tried to get back in the game but were reduced to half chances and Morecambe claimed all three points.

 

Rose; White, Scarr, Clarke, Melbourne; Kinsella (Bates 83’), Perry, Wright, Osadebe, McDonald; Gordon (Lavery 65’)
Sub: Roberts, Norman, Nolan, Leak, Willis

 

 

 


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