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Walsall Match Preview

9 March 2018

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the visit of the Sadlers'

After the thrill of getting to Wembley in the CheckaTrade Trophy on Tuesday, Shrewsbury Town take on Walsall this weekend at Montgomery Waters Meadow. It hasn't been a vintage season for the Saddlers, wins have been well spaced but there have been a few unbeaten runs that have kept them relatively buoyant in the league. They currently sit in 13th position with 44 points although they've played more games than the teams around them so points will be very much on their minds. However, despite their form, the Saddlers are more than capable of winning anywhere as they showed us in the CheckaTrade Trophy in November. They also showed their potential when they beat Southend away last Saturday with an impressive hat trick from Erhun Oztumer. So another difficult game at home for us but with Tuesdays home win behind us there's no reason for apprehension.

Top Scorers

Erhun Otzumer 14

Joe Edwards 7

Tyler Roberts 5 (now with Leeds)

Amadou Bakayoko 5

Assists

Luke Leahy 9

Erhun Otzumer 4

Joe Edwards 3

Clean Sheets

3 at home and 3 away.

Stats (based on away games)

Walsall have won an average of 0.94 points this season.

They've scored an average of 1.17 goals and conceded 1.56.

Top goalscorer Erhun Otzumer has scored 9 of his 15 goals in away games.

Walsall have conceded 16 goals in the first half and 12 in the second half of away games.

They've scored 8 in the first half of games and 13 in the second half.

Referee

Stephen Martin from Staffordshire. Games this season: 32. Yellow cards:  74. Red cards:  2.

Team News

Junior Brown is still a long way off, James Bolton won’t feature but should return to training next week.

Summary

This is a deceptive fixture really, Walsall haven't had the best form but they've beaten some good teams quite convincingly. In Errrhun Otzumer they have genuine quality but there is a little more to Walsall than one player. As the assists and goals scored suggest, Joe Edwards and Luke Leahy have a big part to play when the Saddlers win. But Walsall haven't won enough this season and we've had great home form for the most part so a positive result for Town is more likely. But having beaten Southend and Scunthorpe away this season, an away win is certainly a possibility that needs to be guarded against.

 

 

COYB!!!

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Town 2 Walsall 0

10 March 2018

Rodman and Ogogo goals give Town victory in the derby

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley (Nathan Thomas, 80), Abu Ogogo, Carlton Morris (Stefan Payne, 76), Luke Hendrie, Jon Nolan (Lenell John- Lewis, 90), Aristote Nsiala and Alex Rodman.

Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Max Low, Nathan Thomas, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John- Lewis, Bryn Morris, Stefan Payne.

Walsall: Liam Roberts, Luke Leahy, George Dobson, Jon Guthrie, Nicky Devlin, Adam Chambers, Erhun Oztumer, Kieron Morris (Flo Cuvelier, 71), Julian Ngoy (Justin Shiabu, 86) , Amadou Bakayoko and Kory Roberts.

Subs: Mark Gillespie, Flo Cuvelier, Liam Kinsella, Justin Shaibu, Reece Flanagar, Jack Fitzwater and Maz Kouhyar.

Referee: Stephan Martin

Assistants: Darren Blunden and Mark Russell

Fourth Official: Ollie Yates.

Attendance: 7633(970)

Team News: Luke Hendrie is back in the starting line up after being cup tied against Yeovil, he replaces Bryn Morris at right back. Ben Godfrey returns back to his natural position in centre midfield.

Town ran out two nil winners over local rivals Walsall in a very tightly contested game. Similar goals from Alex Rodman and Abu Ogogo gave Town all three points after both players scored from close range.

First half:

Town started the game well and were putting pressure on the Walsall back four from the off. It only took un-till the fifth minute for Town to have a clear chance. Jon Nolan’s driving play into the box opened up an opportunity to cross the ball. Nolan found the feet of Alex Rodman and the winger placed the ball in the bottom left hand corner giving The Shrews the lead.

Two minutes later, Town had a golden opportunity to double the lead. Shaun Whalley delivered a low driven cross into Carlton Morris who had his shot saved by Sadlers keeper Liam Roberts.

Town were awarded a free kick in the 18th minute due to a foul on Nolan. Whalley delivered in a ball and found Aristote Nsiala at the back post but the defender couldn’t hit the target and the ball fizzed over the bar.

Walsall had their own chance in the 21st minute; some slick play from Erhun Oztumer on the wing crafted a cross for The Sadlers. Jon Guthrie latched onto the ball but Dean Henderson calmly collected the headed shot.

As the game was becoming more open for both sides, Walsall’s Nicky Devlin hit the post from a tight angle but couldn’t find the back of the net. Town’s defence cleared the ball to keep the one goal advantage intact.

Luke Hendrie was given a yellow card in the 28th minute. Hendrie was deemed to have brought down Oztumer as the attacking midfielder looked through on goal.

The rest of the half lacked any real goalmouth action with both teams battling for possession in the middle of the park. Nolan had an opportunity in the 44th minute from outside of the box but the centre midfielder dragged the ball wide of the post.

Town went into the half time break with a one-goal advantage over the visitors.

Second half:

Adam Chambers was given a yellow card shortly after the half resumed as he brought down Whalley in the middle of the park.

Town were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box in the 52nd minute after Nolan was brought down as he tried to drive the ball towards The Sadlers box but Whalley couldn’t beat Walsall’s wall with the free kick.

Town continued to play well and have the better of the possession over the visitors. A corner in the 62nd minute fell to Nsiala, who headed the ball over the line but the referee blew for a foul on Walsall’s goalkeeper, denying Shrews the two goal advantage.

Oztumer had a chance shortly after, as his team broke on the counter attack but The Sadlers midfielder blazed the ball into the back of the stand.

Town had another positive spell in the 67th minute with some one touch passing around the Walsall defenders. The ball made its way to Nolan just inside the box but the midfielder miss timed the shot and couldn’t make a solid connection with the ball.

Almost ten minutes went by until another chance arrived. Ben Godfrey got on the end of a poor clearance but couldn’t keep the half volley shot down and put the ball over the bar.

In the 83rd minute, Kory Roberts hit the corner of the woodwork from a Sadlers corner. Missing out on goal by a matter of inches.

As the game was drawing to a close, with neither team having clear-cut chances, The Shrews doubled the lead in the 89th minute. Alex Rodman’s perfectly timed driven cross into the box was prodded home by captain Abu Ogogo from three yards.

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Walsall Ticket Details

6 March 2018

Ticket details for the Sky Bet League One game at home to Walsall

Shrewsbury Town v Walsall
Saturday 10th March – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Walsall.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan their card for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Ticket prices for a 2017/18 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 
•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

U8s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2017/18 season.

Supporters can get tickets via the popular FlexiTicket or you can use the new FanCard to save money on every home league game.

If you are interested in coming as a youth group then we provide free tickets for groups of up to 25 people - for more details click here

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact out Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

If you can't make it to the game you cn listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.

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