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Match Report: Walsall 3-1 Hartlepool United

26 February 2022

The Saddlers picked up a win against Hartlepool United in what was Michael Flynn’s first game at the Banks’s Stadium thanks to a brace from George Miller and fantastic strike from Conor Wilkinson.

Walsall started on the front foot and were rewarded for their efforts when Miller opened the scoring after 13 minutes. 

After some superb work by Emmanuel Osadebe as he advanced through the middle of the park, he picked out Miller and the striker composed himself before wrong-footing Ben Killip in the United goal to pick up his tenth goal of the season.

Exactly 13 minutes later and the Saddlers doubled their lead, this time through Wilkinson. The forward picked the ball up 35 yards out and drove towards the edge of the area and having not been closed down, he took aim and his emphatic effort found the far bottom corner.

Into the second half and the visitors went in search of a way back into the game and they very nearly got it early on. 

Luke Molyneux found himself in an advanced position inside the area and as he opened his body up to try and curl the ball into the far corner, he couldn’t do so and his effort instead rolled past the post. 

Just after the hour mark and the visitors did find the back of the net. After being denied seconds before, Omar Bogle was first on the scene to tap home from close range after Carl Rushworth had initially made a find one-handed save from substitute Joe Grey. 

Despite getting themselves back into the game, the visitors found themselves two goals down just four minutes after Bogle found the back of the net.

Miller closed down a short pass-back from Gary Liddle and he got there ahead of Killip and then had the simple task of just slotting the ball into an empty net which he did so confidently. 

The third goal killed off the momentum that the visitors initially had and the Saddlers were able to go on and see the game out and earn three points against Hartlepool. 


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