Date: 6th August 2018 at 12:29pm
Written by:
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Banks's Stadium

League 1

4/08/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 5755

Referee: Mr A Haines

Walsall Plymouth
(Cook 45')(Leahy 64') (Edwards 40')
Roberts Macey
Guthrie Edwards
Fitzwater Wootton
Leahy Smith-Brown
Ismail Grant 74
Dobson Fox
Chambers 45 Ness
Ginnelly 84 Carey
Cook Taylor
Ferrier 57 Lameiras 45


Dunn Sawyer
Kinsella 45 Songo'o
Wilson 84 Canavan
Kouhyar Grant 74
Morris 57 Ladapo 45
Candlin Wylde 88
Parker Letheren

Game Statistics

13 Goal attempts 15
4 On Target 3
9 Corners 7
8 Fouls 11
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
48 % 52

The Saddlers won our opening League 1 game 2-1 against Plymouth in front of a crowd of 5,755.

Goals from Andy Cook and a superb free kick from Luke Leahy were enough as the Saddlers came back from a goal down.

Five talking points

  1. New boys impress. Andy Cook, Morgan Ferrier and Josh Ginnelly impressed on their Saddlers debut.
  2. Liam Kinsella – should the Irishman be given chance to impress? following his impressive display when he replaced club stalwart Adam Chambers.
  3. Defence – despite conceding the first goal the defence which conceded so many last season looked more composed and organised.
  4. Luke Leahy – quite often targeted by some supporters but his defensive display got better as the game went on and his superb 25 yard free kick was worth the admission fee alone.
  5. Amadou Bakayoko – the striker was missing from the matchday squad ahead of a rumoured move to Bristol Rovers or Coventry City. Will he come back to haunt the club?