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Match Report: Walsall 0-3 Coventry City

19 July 2022

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Match Report: Walsall 0-3 Coventry City

19 July 2022

Walsall slipped to a defeat after three second half goals saw Championship side Coventry City emerge victorious.

Kasey Palmer, Josh Eccles and Fabio Tavares got the goals in a game that saw the Saddlers create a number of good opportunities.

Walsall embarked on their penultimate pre-season friendly in the heat and started brightly.

Trialist A did well when he burst down the right hand side and played a teasing ball across the six-yard box but it just evaded Douglas James-Taylor on 13 minutes. Moments later, the ball fell to Brandon Comley who fired wide.

Coventry threatened three minutes later when Martyn Waghorn powered in a shot that was brilliantly blocked by Hayden White.

Ronan Maher had Walsall’s first attempt on target when he collected the ball inside the penalty and let fly on the turn but his effort was straight at Simon Moore.

On 23 minutes, play was paused for a drinks break given the boiling temperatures in WS1.

The best chance of the half fell to Coventry when Josh Eccles bent in a shot that kissed the outside of the post on the stroke of half time.

Michael Flynn’s men started the second half brightly. Trialist A tried his luck but his effort flew wide.

There were two big moments within the space of a minute with one proving decisive. Trialist A burst down the left and cut the ball back across to Douglas James-Taylor who hit it first time but his effort was superbly blocked by Kyle McFadzean who threw his body in the way.

 The Sky Blues went straight down the other end and got their noses in front when Jack Burroughs picked out Palmer who slotted the ball into the net on 51 minutes.

Walsall were unlucky not to equalise three minutes later when Ronan Maher’s beautifully struck free-kick cannoned off the post.

Liam Bennett also came close when his curling effort was tipped over the bar by Moore.

The Sky Blues still carried a threat and came close to doubling their lead when Dominic Hyam’s headed goalwards but Adam Przybek got down quickly and made a fine save with his feet.

The Saddlers Head Coach made three changes on 62 minutes as Manny Monthé, Isaac Hutchinson and Andy Williams replaced Dovervon Daniels, Flynn Clarke and James-Taylor.

Three minutes later, the visitors added a second when Eccles curled the ball into the bottom corner from around 25-yards out.

A couple more changes followed for the Saddlers as Hayden White and Brandon Comley made way for Peter Clarke and Trialist B.

Coventry added a third on 78 minutes when Ryan Howley played in Tavares who rifled the ball past Przybek.

The Saddlers kept pushing to try and get on the scoresheet. Maher played a delicious ball down the channel to Williams who shot first time but Moore did well to make the save. 

Przybek; Bennett, White (Trialist B 72’), Daniels (Monthé 63’), Allen; Comley (P. Clarke 70’), Kinsella, Trialist A, F. Clarke (Hutchinson 63’), Maher; James-Taylor (Williams 63’)

Subs not used: Evans (GK)

Attendance: 2546 (875 away)

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