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LUCKASSEN AND PIERRE AVAILABLE AHEAD OF TRIP TO WALSALL

All the team news ahead of Walsall v Northampton Town

27 April 2018

Cobblers caretaker boss Dean Austin has virtually a full squad of players to choose from this weekend with Aaron Phillips (thigh) the only player currently sidelined through injury.

"Aaron Phillips aside, everyone is fit," he said.

"Kevin Luckassen, providing he has no reaction in training, is available for selection if needed.

"Aaron Pierre is back in full training and has been now for the last week to ten days.

"Aaron comes into the reckoning the only thing with him is he hasn't had any match practice.

"We've got a very healthy group of players at the minute, we've trained hard again this week and everybody is looking good."

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WALSALL 1 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

Walsall 1 Northampton Town 0 - the match report

28 April 2018

SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday April 28th 2018
Banks's Stadium

WALSALL 1
George Dobson 90

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0 

Attendance: 8,919 (1,993 Cobblers fans)

Walsall: Liam Roberts, Luke Leahy, George Dobson, Jon Guthrie, Nicky Devlin, Adam Chambers, Erhun Oztumer (sub Flo Cuvelier 90), Kieron Morris, Amadou Bakayoko, Jack Fitzwater, Kory Roberts
Subs not used: Mark Gillespie, Liam Kinsella, Reece Flanagan, Julien Ngoy, Maz Kouhyar, Mitch Candlin

Cobblers: Richard O’Donnell, Shay Facey, Leon Barnett, Ash Taylor, David Buchanan, Matt Crooks (sub Kevin van Veen 79), Shaun McWilliams (sub Chris Long 79), Matt Grimes, Daniel Powell, John-Joe O’Toole, Sam Hoskins
Subs not used: David Cornell, Jordan Turnbull, Jack Bridge, Sam Foley, Brendan Moloney

Referee: Mr Seb Stockbridge

Booked:
Walsall: Erhun Oztumer (48)
Cobblers: Shaun McWilliams (45, 6th of the season), Leon Barnett (62, 3rd), John-Joe O'Toole (80, 8th)

15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Walsall: none
Cobblers: none

Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.

Following two wins on the bounce, caretaker boss Dean Austin named an unchanged side for the crucial clash at the Banks’s Stadium. The Cobblers, backed by a 2,000 strong travelling support, went into the game two points behind Walsall.

In a lively start, Daniel Powell went agonisingly close to putting the Cobblers in front early on, his shot coming back off the inside of the post and into the grateful arms of Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts.

The game then became a little tense and nervy before a covering clearance from Kory Roberts denied Matt Crooks midway through the first half.

Jack Fitzwater’s goal bound effort was well blocked by Leon Barnett in a chance for Walsall but neither side could force the breakthrough as the first half ended goalless.

Shaun McWilliams fired over from the edge of the area following a quick Cobblers counter-attack and Sam Hoskins also went close in a bright start to the second half.

Erhun Oztumer found the side netting from an acute angle and Richard O’Donnell made a terrific save from Kieron Morris with the game still very much on a knife edge.

The Cobblers had the ball over the line from a Matt Grimes corner on 73 minutes only for the referee to rule the goal out for a push on Roberts. The woodwork then again came to Walsall’s rescue when a cross from Grimes came back off the post.

Kevin van Veen and Chris Long came on in an attacking double change before Oztumer curled a shot just wide and Nicky Devlin failed to find the target with a close range header.

Walsall took the lead and won the game with a goal in stoppage time, Amadou Bakayoko feeding in George Dobson who side-footed the ball past O’Donnell from close range to snatch all three points for the Saddlers.

Results elsewhere left the Cobblers three points adrift of safety and needing a massive goal difference swing against Oldham Athletic next weekend to stay in League 1. 

WALSALL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 9
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 11
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1

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Ticket News

WALSALL TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT

Waiting list in operation for Saturday's game

25 April 2018

Walsall v Northampton Town
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday April 28th 2018
Kick off 3.00pm

This game has now sold out with no further tickets available, although a waiting list is in operation for any tickets that may be returned. Please email christine.clark@ntfc.co.uk or call 01604 683777 (lines open 10am-5pm) with your full name, a contact phone number and the number of tickets you require should you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Car parking is £4 per car, mini buses £6 and coaches £12.

An away fans bar will open at 1.30pm on matchday.

If you have ordered Walsall tickets online and can collect them from Sixfields before Friday 4pm, please do. If you are collecting tickets on arrival at Walsall, please arrive early as there are a huge amount of collections so please allow enough time.

Thank you for your support!

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