Match Preview: v Stockport County (H) Match Preview: v Stockport County (H)
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Match Preview: v Stockport County (H)

Here we take a look ahead to Thursday's League Two meeting between the Saddlers and Stockport County.
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PRE-MATCH NEWS & VIEWS

The Saddlers are in fine form, and will arrive at Thursday evening's clash on the back of a welcome win over much-fancied Swindon Town and a result which saw the Reds secure their first away win after conceding first since way back in March 2016.

Falling behind to Ellis Iandolo's second time of asking effort twelve minutes from the break, the Saddlers were able to level the scores before half-time as Romeao Hutton put the ball into the back of his own net before defender Manny MonthΓ© chose the best time to grab his first goal in a Walsall shirt to steal all three points for his side.

Though there will be many better performances to come, the win over the Play-Off chasing Robins could well go down as one of the more crucial results of the campaign when we're looking back at the season as a whole in early May.

Going seven league games without defeat, Michael Flynn's side have steadily climbed the table and are very much looking up rather than down, and are deservedly being seen as one of the dark horses as we near the business end of the campaign.

Whatever the result this midweek, the Saddlers have really grown into the campaign and have shown not only an ability to bounce back from adversity but continue to learn from their mistakes, something which all Reds can truly appreciate following several seasons of stagnation.

Opponents Stockport also arrive at the match on the back of a win as they hit two goals without reply against Crewe Alexandra, a result which adds to their five-nil hammering of Hartlepool United, not to mention their FA Cup triumph over Charlton Athletic.

FORM IN FIVE

Here is how the Saddlers and their opponents Stockport County have fared in their last five Sky Bet League Two games.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

Walsall and Stockport County have met on forty-eight previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who hold a Head-to-Head lead having tasted victory on twenty-two occasions, compared to County’s seventeen. There have also been nine stalemates.
 
The two sides first met on Saturday, 22nd September 1900 in a Division Two clash that took place at County's Green Lane ground and saw the hosts win by four-goals-to-one.

The 1900/01 campaign was Stockport's first in the Football League after gaining admission earlier in the year.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting between the Saddlers and County was a League Two clash that took place at Edgeley Park on Saturday, 1st October 2022, and saw the spoils shared as Andy Williams' 88th-minute effort cancelled out Paddy Madden's first-half opener.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Craig Hicks, who is based in Surrey will be the man in the middle, whilst Declan O'Shea and Mark Jones have been named assistant referees. Peter Gooch will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
17
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
57
1
PENALTIES
AWARDED
3

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