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Walsall 3 Wycombe 2 - stats,reaction,highlights
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Walsall 3 Wycombe 2 - stats,reaction,highlights

Saturday 27th October 2018

Football League 'League One'


Wycombe: Allsop, Harriman, McCarthy, El-Abd, Jacobson, Cowan-Hall (sub 68 Kashket), Morris, Thompson (sub 78 Gape), Onyedinma, Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith (sub 68 Samuel) - subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Bean, Charles, Freeman

Scorers: Leahy (own goal) 80, Samuel 90+3

Bookings: none

Walsall: Roberts, Wilson, Guthrie, Martin, Leahy, Osbourne, Morris, Dobson, Ronan, Ferrier (sub 86 Ginnelly) , Cook - subs not used: Dunn, Devlin, Ismail, Kinsella, Johnson, Gordon

Scorers: Cook 36, Osbourne 52, Gape (own goal) 84

Bookings: Wilson 68

Referee: Neil Hair

Attendance: 4,265 (589 away)

Team News

One change for Wanderers from the side that had beaten Rochdale the previous Tuesday at Adams Park.

In: Craig Mackail-Smith
Out: Alex Samuel

Dominic Gape returned on the bench following his one match suspension.

Walsall gave a debut to former Wanderer, Russell Martin, after the now 32 year old had joined The Saddlers as player/coach earlier in October.

Martin made more than 100 appearances for Wanderers during a four year period before leaving for Peterborough United in May 2008. He later went on to make over 300 appearances for Norwich City and gain 29 international caps with Scotland. He was released by Norwich at the end of the 2017/18 season.


Gareth Ainsworth from @wwfofficial

“When you score twice away you should get something, but we defended poorly. It was too easy for them to score. We had good chances in the first half but let in a sloppy one.”

“The third one’s a killer. We have to stay in games. We know we can rally and fight back but two-goal cushions are a big ask. Overall we were average and that won’t be good enough for us.”

“JJ had a knock so Scotty took the penalty. It was a good save but I’m delighted for Alex to tuck in his first league goal for us.”

“Overall six points in a week is pleasing. Apart from a couple of games, we’ve been right in every match so far this season. The fans got right behind us again and they were brilliant.”

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"Just after [Paris Cowan-Hall] hit the woodwork it was very frustrating to concede, and from a set-play as well. It is something we work hard on. We told the boys they have great delivery into the box and they are a big side and that means don't give set-plays away in dangerous areas. We have given them one and they didn't disappoint with result so it was a tough one to take.

"At half-time I wasn't too concerned, I was calm and I was saying to the boys we are always in games. The frustrating one was the third goal going in as that took us two goals away with 10 minutes to go but that is the way football goes sometimes."

"[Alex Samuel] was brilliant when he came on and I am really pleased for him. Hopefully we can get him more involved as he is really champing at the bit at the moment. When you have someone like that, who is so hungry, it is fantastic to see."


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League Table

Wanderers dropped a place to 15th in the League One table following the defeat at Walsall, having taken 18 points from their opening 16 games.

Bradford remain bottom of the table with 10 points, while Wimbledon drop to one off the foot following a sixth straight defeat.

Wycombe host 2nd placed Peterborough United on Saturday 3rd November. Posh's away record in League One is the best in the division with 7 wins and 1 draw from 8 games.

Also interesting to note that the three other promoted sides from League Two; Luton Town, Accrington Stanley and Coventry City are placed 5th, 6th and 7th respectively in the table.

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