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Match Report: Walsall 0-2 Stockport County

29 December 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: Walsall 0-2 Stockport County

29 December 2022

Walsall suffered their first defeat since mid-October as a goal in each half ensured Stockport County collected all three points from the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Kyle Wootton scored a brace on a disappointing evening for the Saddlers who couldn’t replicate their recent good performances against a strong Hatters side.

Michael Flynn once again named an unchanged team after the Boxing Day victory over Swindon Town.

The bench was also as it was on Boxing Day.

Stockport made a bright start and came close to opening the scoring on 13 minutes when Paddy Madden floated in a cross towards the back post which was met by Will Collar who headed goalwards but Owen Evans reacted well to make the save.

Collar looked a threat and tested Evans again moments later with a fierce shot from distance but the Welshman pushed it away.

Walsall’s first opportunity came in the 30th minute when Manny Monthé clipped the ball over the top and Tom Knowles latched on to it and went for goal but was denied as Ben Hinchliffe made a good save.

It was the visitors though who made the breakthrough when Akil Wright floated the ball into the box and Wootton took a touch before he tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

The Saddlers responded well to falling behind and came forward through Knowles who skipped through, cut inside and shot but his effort took a deflection and went behind.

Moments later, the ball fell to Liam Bennett 35 yards out and he tried his luck and kept his shot on target but it was a comfortable one for Hinchliffe.

The Hatters almost doubled their advantage on 40 minutes when Paddy Madden’s header crashed against the crossbar as they continued to pose a threat.

Flynn made two changes at half time in a bid to turn the tide.

Liam Gordon and Jack Earing made way for Jacob Maddox and Douglas James-Taylor.

Phil Bardsley had the first opportunity of the second period with a dipping volley that just missed the target.

Flynn made his third change just after the hour mark as he introduced Conor Wilkinson for his first appearance at the Poundland Bescot Stadium this season after he made his comeback from injury on Boxing Day.

Three minutes later, the visitors doubled their advantage when Collar whipped in a delicious cross that was met by Wootton who guided the ball into the far corner with his head.

The Saddlers didn’t give up but Stockport proved to be a tough nut to crack and kept Flynn’s side at bay.

 

Evans; Bennett (Allen 74’), White, Daniels, Monthé, Gordon (James-Taylor 45’), Kinsella, Earing (Maddox 45’), Hutchinson (Williams 74’), Knowles, Johnson (Wilkinson 62’)
Subs: Comley, McEntee   

Attendance: 6,455 (1174 away)


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