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Match Report: Walsall 0-1 Leicester City

28 January 2023

Match Reports

Match Report: Walsall 0-1 Leicester City

28 January 2023

A competitive and battling display wasn’t quite enough to see Walsall pull off an FA Cup shock as they fell to a narrow defeat against Premier League Leicester City.

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game in the second half to see the Foxes advance to round five.

Michael Flynn made three changes from the last outing against Tranmere Rovers.

Joe Low, Robbie Willmott and Andy Williams all came in for Manny Monthé – who was serving a one match ban, Liam Kinsella and Danny Johnson, who returned to Mansfield Town two weeks ago.

Both teams had a decent opportunity in a lively opening 10 minutes. Timothy Castagne crossed for Patson Daka who was off target with his header at the near post.

The Saddlers had a chance of their own when a well worked corner saw Liam Gordon and Isaac Hutchinson link up before the ball was rolled to Tom Knowles who arrowed in a shot but it was scooped away from Daniel Iversen.

Willmott looked a threat with his crosses from the right hand side and asked questions of the Leicester defence.

The Foxes enjoyed a lot of the possession but the Saddlers were very well organised and kept them at bay in the first half and the two teams went in level at the break.

Leicester went straight on the attack in the second half and Daka was brought down and the referee initially blew for a free-kick but after taking advice from his assistant, he pointed to the spot.

Youri Tielemans stepped up but struck the post with his spot kick and it remained 0-0.

The Saddlers went straight up the other end and almost took the lead themselves when Williams struck a first time shot but swept it over the bar.

Leicester pushed further forward and Walsall had Owen Evans to thank for keeping the score at 0-0 with a fantastic double save to deny Tielemans from distance and Daka from close range.

Flynn shuffled the pack on 62 minutes when he introduced Conor Wilkinson and new signing Yann Songo’o in place of Williams and Hutchinson.

The deadlock was broken on 68 minutes when substitute Iheanacho struck from distance and his effort, via a deflection, found the net.

Flynn reacted to the goal and opted to bring on another forward in Douglas James-Taylor in place of Brandon Comley.

Ronan Maher and Taylor Allen also came on with ten minutes to go but the top flight outfit were well organised and were proving to be a tough nut to crack as the Saddlers committed more men forward.

Leicester still looked dangerous and Walsall again had Evans to thank when he stopped Iheanacho’s close range strike.

Walsall kept pushing but couldn’t find an equaliser and Leicester progressed to the next round.

Evans; White, Daniels, Low, Gordon; Willmott (Allen 80’), Comley (James-Taylor 75’), Maddox (Maher 80’), Hutchinson (Songo’o 62), Knowles; Williams (Wilkinson 62’)
Subs: Smith (GK), Riley, McEntee

Attendance: 10297 

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