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Match Report: Walsall 2-1 Oldham Athletic

15 March 2022

Club News

Match Report: Walsall 2-1 Oldham Athletic

15 March 2022

Walsall came from behind to earn a deserved victory against Oldham Athletic as they stretched their unbeaten run to five matches.

John Sheridan’s men opened the scoring through Will Sutton but it was cancelled out by Emmanuel Osadebe with a stunning strike.

The decisive goal came 17 minutes from time when Wilkinson made it four goals in his last five matches on a satisfying night for the Saddlers.

Michael Flynn named an unchanged team following Saturday’s victory over Sutton United.

The Saddlers made a positive start and had a couple of decent opportunities in the opening 10 minutes. Joss Labadie had a low shot saved by Danny Rogers before George Miller arrowed effort on the turn just drifted wide.

Despite Walsall’s encouraging start, it was the visitors who opened the scoring on 21 minutes when Sutton guided Nicky Adams’ corner into the bottom corner with a glancing header.

The Latics almost doubled their lead six minutes later when Davis Keillor-Dunn spotted Carl Rushworth off his line and went for the spectacular from the halfway line but his effort dropped onto the top of the goal.

The Saddlers continue to apply pressure and got their reward on 33 minutes when Manny Monthe won the ball in the middle of the park to set up the attack. The ball reached Osadebe on the left who cut in and unleashed a firecracker that found the bottom corner to level the match.

Flynn’s men went in search of a second and finished the first half well. Labadie came close with a header that was just wide of the mark while Conor Wilkinson found the target with an audacious overhead kick.

Walsall continue to show their intent early in the second half. Osadebe blazed a shot over the bar before Wilkinson dragged an effort wide in the opening five minutes of the half.

George Miller worked tirelessly all night and on 53 minutes he won the ball back on the left hand side, darted into the box and got a shot away but he pulled it wide.

Oldham still carried a threat as well and Rushworth had to be at his best to deny Chirstopher Missilou who steered a dangerous shot goalwards that the Brighton loanee turned behind.

Flynn introduced Devante Rodney in place of Miller while Labadie had to be withdrawn with an injury and was replaced by Brendan Kiernan.

Rodney almost made an immediate impact as he collected Rushworth’s throw, burst forward and clipped the ball into the path of Wilkinson whose shot was then blocked.

The Saddlers completed the turnaround on 73 minutes when Osadebe clipped in a delicious ball that was met by Wilkinson who guided the ball past Rogers.

Walsall continued to push and looked the more likely in the closing stages.

Kiernan almost added a third when he skipped past his man and rifled in a shot that Rogers tipped over the bar.

There were no further goals but the Saddlers preserved their lead until the final whistle to make it back-to-back wins and four consecutive victories at the Banks’s Stadium.



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