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Match Report: Walsall 0-1 Northampton Town

5 February 2022

Walsall fell to a narrow defeat at the hands of Northampton Town at the Banks’s Stadium.

Louis Appere scored the only goal of the game in the first half and it was all that separated the two teams.

Matt Taylor made two changes to the team that started against Bristol Rovers last weekend.

Tom Leak and Emmanuel Osadebe came into the side in place of Joss Labadie and Brendan Kiernan.

Northampton started well and opened the scoring 10 minutes into the match when Mitch Pinnock sent a free-kick into the area and Louis Appere got a touch to guide it into the bottom corner.

The hosts looked to respond as they went in search of an equaliser. George Miller struck from 25-yards on 19 minutes but his effort was pushed away by former Saddler Liam Roberts.  

The Saddlers had a couple more opportunities when Liam Kinsella, who had the armband, cut the ball back to Jack Earing whose low effort was saved by Roberts before Conor Wilkinson blazed over.

Northampton went into the break with their lead intact and the Saddlers had work to do.

Carl Rushworth was called into action early in the second half. After he initially bundled Shaun McWilliams’ shot, he reacted brilliantly with a great double save to deny Appere and substitute Paul Lewis.

He was also equal to Pinnock’s well struck free-kick on 64 minutes and did well to keep hold of the ball.

Taylor made a double substitution to try and turn the tide as he introduced Tyrese Shade and Kiernan.

Earing was also forced off later in the half with an injury and was replaced by Labadie.

The Saddlers pushed in the final 10 minutes and had a big appeal for a penalty when Kiernan’s shot appeared to be blocked by a hand but the referee wasn’t interested.

Wilkinson then forced Liam Roberts into a fantastic one-handed save after he tried to squeeze a low effort into the bottom corner.

The forward tried his luck again but this time his effort just flew over the bar.

Walsall applied late pressure but Northampton held firm and claimed all three points.

 

 


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