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Preview | Walsall (A)

1 February 2019

Walsall v Rochdale | Banks’s Stadium, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 2nd February 2019, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale travel to Walsall on Saturday for the second of back-to-back away games.

Keith Hill has brought three players in the last week – Rekeil Pyke, Joe Bunney and Zach Clough.

The Saddlers are four points above Dale and were 2-1 winners at the Crown Oil Arena back in August.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Keith Hill says his players are prepared for the fight heading into the final 16 games of the season.

Click HERE to read what he had to say ahead of the game.

 

TEAM NEWS
Kgosi Ntlhe remains sidelined with injury, while Ollie Rathbone is also a concern as he tries to fully recover from the groin problem that has kept him sidelined. Matty Done has been suffering with illness

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

Pay on the day is available at the Banks’s Stadium. The family ticket (one parent and one under-18) must be purchased from the Walsall Ticket Office. It is CASH ONLY through the turnstiles for all other tickets.

Click HERE for admission details, including prices.

 

BANKS’S STADIUM

For a visitors’ guide to the Banks’s Stadium, visit Walsall’s official website HERE.

 

FLASHBACK

Dale have won on their last three visit to Walsall. Check out the goals from those victories HERE.

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet are offering odds of 19/10 for a Dale victory on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.

 

REF WATCH

Referee | Scott Oldham

Assistant Referees | Chris Isherwood & David Plowright

Fourth Official | Paul Hobday

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Walsall

Draws

Dale

23

17

24

 

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Match Reports

Report | Walsall 1-2 Dale

2 February 2019

Ethan Hamilton’s second-half goal secured Dale’s first three points of 2019 with a 2-1 win over Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell opened the scoring in the 4th minute, rifling home a half-volley into the top corner, before the hosts equalised through Joe Edwards before the break.

Hamilton’s composed finish restored the lead 14 minutes into the second period, and Dale held on for a hard-earned three points.

Keith Hill named an unchanged side from last weekend’s outing at Barnsley, with new signings Rekeil Pyke and Joe Bunney on the substitute’s bench.

Dale got off to the perfect start, breaking the deadlock inside four minutes.

After Ian Henderson had already sent a driven effort narrowly over from 25-yards, Ebanks-Landell’s touch and half-volley from Rory Holden’s corner found the far top corner for his first Dale goal.

The goalscorer glanced another header wide of the far post from Stephen Dooley’s free-kick, either side of Calvin Andrew headers from set-pieces which flew narrowly off target, as Dale dominated the opening stages.

However, the home side grew into the game and levelled nine minutes before the break through a fine solo effort from Edwards.

He carried the ball from just inside the Dale half to the edge of the area, before firing beyond the outstretched Josh Lillis into the bottom corner.

Morgan Farrier fired over from a tight angle for Walsall and Ethan Hamilton saw a well-hit strike blocked for Dale, as the half came to a close.

After the break, Ferrier forced Lillis into a good stop low down, before a Walsall defender just got in front of Andrew before he could turn home Ryan Delaney’s cross.

Pyke came on for Holden for his debut and just minutes later Dale retook the lead.

Delaney found Hamilton who took a touch past a defender before coolly slotting the ball into the far bottom corner from inside the area.

The home side almost put through their own net moments later when a defender headed Dooley’s free-kick narrowly wide, before Andrew saw a deflected shot loop into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Edwards tried to double his tally for the home side with a speculative effort from distance which dipped narrowly over, before shouts of a Walsall penalty were waved away when Aramide Oteh went down after rounding Lillis.

Matt Jarvis saw a shot well blocked and Andy Cook headed wide from a corner, before Lillis held onto a header in the 97th minute in the final action of the game, to secure Dale’s first three points since Boxing Day.

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