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Match Report: Walsall 0-0 Carlisle United

10 April 2023

Walsall picked up a hard earned point after battling for 30 minutes with 10 men against Carlisle United.

There was little to separate the two teams but Hayden White was sent off on the hour mark but the Saddlers competed well despite the man disadvantage and were full value for a point.

Michael Flynn made two changes to the team that lost 4-2 to Rochdale on Good Friday.

Conor Wilkinson and Oisin McEntee both came into the starting XI in place of Joe Low and Joe Riley, who both dropped to the bench.

The Saddlers made a bright start to the game with Liam Gordon doing well down the left to get to the by-line and cut the ball back to Jamille Matt who couldn’t get it under control as he tried to turn and shoot.

Carlisle came into the game and both sides enjoyed spells of possession in the opening half an hour without really threatening.

The first meaningful shot came after 34 minutes when Tom Knowles’ powerfully struck free-kick was pushed away by Tomas Holy.

Carlisle had an appeal waved away late on in the first half when Jack Armer went down under Knowles’ challenge but the referee waved it away and the first half ended goalless.

There remained very little between the two teams in the first 15 minutes of the second half but there was a potential game changer on the hour mark when White was sent off for a challenge on Armer.

Flynn shuffled the pack after the red card and introduced Riley, Joss Labadie and Andy Williams in place of Matt, Isaac Hutchinson and Wilkinson.

The visitors had a series of corners and applied some pressure but Walsall battled well with 10 men and looked threatening themselves in the final 10 minutes. Knowles broke well and almost found Williams but the ball took a deflection to take it out of the striker’s path.

Carlisle piled men forward late on but the Saddlers defended superbly and it ended all square.


Evans; Knowles, White, McEntee, Monthé, Gordon, Kinsella, Comley, Hutchinson (Riley 65’); Wilkinson (Labadie 65’), Matt (Williams 65’)
Subs: Maddox, Stevens, Low, Maher

Attendance: 6117 (1086 away)

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