REPORT | Wigan Athletic 0 Walsall 0 REPORT | Wigan Athletic 0 Walsall 0
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REPORT | Wigan Athletic 0 Walsall 0

On Saturday afternoon, Dean Smith's Saddlers travelled North to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic, in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season. You can read our in-depth match report below.
On Saturday afternoon, Dean Smith's Saddlers travelled North to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic, in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season. You can read our in-depth match report below.

Walsall began the game brightly, and enjoyed a good opening spell of possession. After five minutes of play the Saddlers forced the first save of the game as Kieron Morris was played in by Bradshaw, cut inside and forced Jaaskelainen to push it around the post.

The resulting corner was eventually cleared as the Saddlers looked to take advantage of the space.

The Latics' opening shot of the game came through Daniels after eight minutes of the first half, he was found following a nice spell of play between Grigg and James, his forceful drive was blocked inside the Saddlers' penalty area.

Walsall's James O'Connor was the first man to be added to the referee's book as he brought down Jordy Hiwula around twenty yards from goal, a sloppy pass from Kieron Morris allowing the Wigan break.

Jacobs took the free kick, but it was poor as it struck the wall and went out of play for a corner. The resulting flag kick fell to Hiwula, who could only slice an effort over the bar.

As we reached the midway point of the half, the home side looked to push up the field. Perkins, Grigg and Daniels combined well to force another corner. The effort was cleared and saw the Saddlers caught offside on the break.

Soon after, the Saddlers forced another break and saw a dangerous Demetriou cross crowded out for a goal kick. Nice spell in midfield from the Saddlers as Sawyers and Chambers combined well to advance up the park.

Walsall Captain Adam Chambers was the second player to be booked, as he was forced to bring down Jacobs on the edge of the area. The free kick hit the wall, and McCann followed up to send the ball over the bar.

The Latics' next attempt on goal came a few minutes later, as Daniels broke down the wing and sent the ball wide of Etheridge's goal.

Following a blocked Sawyers effort that almost fell to Kieron Morris, the visitors went on to advance up the field and force another free kick, a foul from Demetriou giving the hosts another chance. The resulting free kick was again poor and eventually cleared.

As the clock ticked on, the hosts continued to enjoy more of the ball, with the Saddlers forced back up the field.

Defender James O'Connor produced possibly the tackle of the half as he stretched well to take the ball off Jordy Hiwula inside the Saddlers' area. The resulting corner was gathered by Etheridge.

Walsall broke up the other end and almost opened the scoring as Tom Bradshaw was denied by some solid defending by Perkins to block the shot.

With under five minutes of the half remaining, the Saddlers looked to create space as Demetriou beat his man to break into the box, his chipped pass wasn't met by a Saddler as the hosts cleared.


The hosts made a change ahead of kick off for the second half as on-loan midfielder Wildschut replaced former Saddler Jordy Hiwula.

Sub Wildschut was involved in the early action as he played in Daniels, who broke down the wing and sent in a dangerous cross which was gathered by Neil Etheridge.

The Latics remained in attack as former Saddler Will Grigg cut inside and sent a shot wide of Etheridge's far post.

Wildschut was involved again as he was played in by Daniels and forced a save from Etheridge.

Wildschut was again in the middle of the action as Jacobs fed him out wide, he beat two markers but was eventually forced off the ball as the Saddlers cleared.

Walsall's opening chance of the half came on the break, as Sawyers found Morris, who blazed over the bar with Bradshaw available for the pass.

Wigan's Perkins was the first Latic to be added to the referee's list as he felled an advancing Milan Lalkovic. The Saddlers looked to work the corner, and enjoyed a nice passage of play which was ultimately cleared as Lalkovic's cross was dealt with.

Kieron Morris was the next to attempt a shot, as he showed good feet to make space before firing wide of goal.

The Saddlers enjoyed a spot of luck as former Walsall frontman Will Grigg was denied twice from close range as he fails to connect with a pair of dangerous crosses.

Walsall made their first change of the game after sixty-six minutes as Anthony Forde replaced Milan Lalkovic.

A little later, the Latics were reduced to ten men as Craig Morgan as sent off for a foul on the edge of the area, the referee deciding that he was the last man as the pacy Kieron Morris was felled.

The resulting free kick was taken by Anthony Forde and went well wide of goal. Shortly after the effort the home side made a change as Will Grigg was replaced by Donald Love.

With the Saddlers having a man advantage, they began to take some control of the game, both Sam Mantom and Kieron Morris sending efforts in on goal from good positions; Mantom going over the bar, as Morris saw his shot palmed away.

With twelve minutes of play remaining, the hosts made their final change of the game as Max Power was replaced by Tim Chow.

As Walsall saw a corner cleared and were awarded a free kick, the Saddlers went on to make their second change of the game as Kieron Morris was replaced by Jordan Cook.

The resulting free kick forced a save from the 'keeper but was stopped as Bradshaw was adjudged to be offside during the build up.

As we continued towards the end of the half Walsall's Sam Mantom dragged an effort wide of goal, the Latics beginning to look tired as they continued to focus on defence, with the odd counter attack.

With just over two minutes of the game remaining Walsall had a major opportunity as Jason Demetriou found an unsighted Tom Bradshaw, his header was poor as Jordan Cook blasted over the bar, keeping the scores level.

As we entered four minutes of added time, the hosts won a corner, some strong play from Jacobs gaining his side the opportunity as James O'Connor defended well. Wigan were offside from the flag kick, disappointing for the home fans.

Walsall's first, and last chance of added-on-time saw Jordan Cook fire over from distance, a nice passage of play to create the opening from the Saddlers midfield as the game ended all-square.

ATTENDANCE | 8,636 (748 Walsall)
REFEREE | Mr. Andy HAINES (Tyne & Wear)
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