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Match Report: Walsall 1-1 Sutton United

1 April 2023

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

Alistair Smith opened the scoring in the first half and the visitors looked to be heading to victory in an uneventful affair but Isaac Hutchinson scored deep into stoppage time to level the contest.

Michael Flynn made two changes to the team that lost 2-0 to AFC Wimbledon in midweek.

Matty Stevens and Joe Low both came into the team and there was also good news on the bench as Jamille Matt returned from a shoulder injury to take a place amongst the substitutes.

The first chance of the afternoon fell to Sutton when David Ajiboye danced into the penalty area and arrowed in a shot but Owen Evans saved well with his feet to deny him.

Walsall grew into the game and had their first opportunity when Conor Wilkinson tried his luck from a tight angle but former Saddlers goalkeeper Jack Rose was in the way to make the save.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring though on 31 minutes when Smith bundled in Will Randall’s corner at the back post.

Randall’s corners were proving to be effective as another chance was created when he pulled the ball back to Craig Eastmond who rifled in a shot but it was deflected behind.

Sutton went into the interval with the lead and left the Saddlers with work to do.                                    

Michael Flynn made a double change at half time as he introduced Liam Gordon, fresh from international duty and Matt for his first appearance since February.

There was little in terms of goalmouth action in the opening 15 minutes of the second half and Flynn shuffled the pack again as Andy Williams and Jacob Maddox.

The second half continued to be scrappy with neither side finding any rhythm.

Walsall had a good chance with five minutes of normal time remaining when Williams’ cross was nodded down by Matt into the path of substitute Joss Labadie who rifled in a shot first time but it crept wide.

The Saddlers continued to search for a late leveller and were presented with one last opportunity deep into stoppage time when they were awarded a free-kick.

Tom Knowles shot and Rose bundled the ball back into the danger area and Hutchinson pounced to rescue a point.


Evans; McEntee (Gordon 45’), Low, Daniels (Labadie 76’), Monthé; Kinsella, Hutchinson, Riley (Maddox 60’); Knowles, Wilkinson (Williams 60’), Stevens (Matt 45’)
Subs: Smith (GK),  Songo’o

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