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Match Report: Carlisle United 0-0 Walsall

12 November 2022

The Saddlers secured themselves a point on the road following a stalemate against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

It was a game with very few clear cut chances as the two teams couldn't be separated after 90 minutes.

Michael Flynn made one change to the side that started the 0-2 win against Wycombe Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup last Saturday.

Liam Bennett came back into the starting XI in place of Liam Kinsella who was out of the 18-man squad.

The opening stages saw very few clear-cut chances, as both sides looked to put their stamp on the game. The first meaningful effort came on 18 minutes when Callum Guy picked up the ball in space within the Saddlers half and took aim with a fierce low effort. The strike was deflected out for a corner which ultimately came to nothing moments later.

Flynn’s side began to enjoy a greater share of possession as the half progressed but a resolute Carlisle backline was keeping them at bay and restricting them of any shots on goal.

The first shot on target came on 31 minutes for the hosts as a cross from Jack Armer looped over to the back post where Fin Back was on hand to head towards goal, but Owen Evans calmly tipped the ball over the bar.

Carlisle had a great chance to open the scoring in added time as a ball from the right was cut back to the penalty spot where Charters took aim but he put his effort way over the bar and the sides went into the break on level terms.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first as both sides looked to make that all important breakthrough.

Danny Johnson tested the wits of Tomas Holy in the hosts’ net with a powerful strike towards goal which the Carlisle man tipped over the bar, before Maddox had an opportunity from a tight angle on 64 minutes which he blazed wide.

Michael Flynn turned to his bench and made alterations as Tom Knowles and Johnson were replaced by Jack Earing and Andy Williams.

The game was approaching its conclusion and both sides tried to get the upper hand late on. Morgan Feeney tried his luck from range on 87 minutes but blazed his shot wide before Maddox did well to beat his man, drive into space and arrow a fierce strike towards goal on 89 minutes but it trickled just past the post.

Bennett then tried his luck in stoppage time with a curled effort which looped over the bar and in the end both sides had to settle for a point.

Attendance: 5493 (317 away)


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