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Match Reports: Walsall 1-1 Colchester United

13 September 2022

Match Reports

Match Reports: Walsall 1-1 Colchester United

13 September 2022

Walsall came from behind to pick up a point against Colchester United at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

The U’s opened the scoring after just two minutes through Frank Nouble but the Saddlers fought back in the second half and Tom Knowles equalised with his first goal for the Saddlers.

Michael Flynn made one change to the team that fell to defeat against Bradford City last time out as Isaac Hutchinson came in for Peter Clarke who dropped to the bench.

The Saddlers got off to a slow start and fell behind after just two minutes when Nouble latched on to a ball over the top and poked it past the on-rushing Owen Evans.

The game became very scrappy and stop-start after the goal as both sides tussled for control.

In a half of very few chances, Tom Dallison headed over for the visitors after 27 minutes but the game continued to lack any rhythm.

It was a frustrating opening period and the Saddlers went in behind at the break and with work to do.

Flynn made a double substitution at half time as he introduced Andy Williams and Jacob Maddox for his Walsall debut in place of Brandon Comley and Hayden White.

Maddox was involved straight away as he threaded a ball through to Danny Johnson who shot first time but his effort was saved by Kieran O’Hara.

The Saddlers grew in confidence as the second half went on and drew level on 61 minutes after a fine move. Hutchinson picked out Johnson who held the ball up well and flicked it through to Knowles who burst towards the box and arrowed the ball into the far corner.

Walsall had their tails up and almost grabbed a second just four minutes later when Maddox threaded the ball through to Johnson and the striker let fly but he could only find the side-netting.

Flynn made another attacking change as Danny Cashman came on for Hutchinson.

The Saddlers pushed for a winner and came close in stoppage time as Donervon Daniels rifled in a shot but it was tipped over by O’Hara.

In the end, Flynn's men had to settle for a point but did end a run of four consecutive defeats.

 

Evans; Bennett, White (Maddox 45’), Daniels, Monthé, Allen; Comley (Williams 45’), Kinsella, Hutchinson (Cashman 86’); Johnson, Knowles

Subs: Earing, Maher, P. Clarke, Abraham

 

Attendance: 4,237 (123 away)


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