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Preview: Walsall v Fleetwood Town

8 March 2019

Fleetwood Town will travel to the Banks's Stadium to face Walsall on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know in our preview.

Fixture: Walsall v Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 9th March 2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Venue: Banks's Stadium,Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA

Match officials: Eddie Ilderton (Referee), Ravel Cheosiaua & Peter Gooch (Assistants), Wade Smith (Fourth Official)

FLEETWOOD TOWN

Last five results in all competitions: D W L W W

League position: 10th with 49 points.

Club’s top goal scorer: Paddy Madden (18 goals all competitions)

Fleetwood Town sit in 10th place in the league and have only lost two of their last nine league matches, with the latest result being 1-1 draw against Gillingham at Highbury Stadium

On-loan left-back James Husband scored a dramatic injury-time free-kick from 20-yards out, a result that keeps Town's play-off hopes alive. A big game this weekend against Walsall, who currently sit 20th in the Sky Bet League One table.

Ross Wallace is back from his two-game suspension, which will give head coach Joey Barton a decision to make in his midfield come 2pm on Saturday. James Wallace is still unavailable due to his injury but should be back in the squad in the coming weeks. 

WALSALL

Last five results in all competitions: D W L L L

League position: 20th with 39 points

Top goal scorer: Andy Cook (16 goals in all competitions)

The Saddlers currently sit above the relegation zone, two points above the bottom four. Manager Dean Keates is looking for a reaction from his players, and for them to build on their victory over Bradford, and draw away at Burton Albion.

They are without top goal scorer Andy Cook after his suspension is for three games (started last time out) – so that could be a relief for Joey Barton and his side with their danger man out of the team for this match.

Their match against Fleetwood brings on a tough run of matches, with Portsmouth next, Sunderland to come and also Barnsley. If Dean Keates’ side can push away from relegation, a result will be needed this weekend.

Last time the two sides met

On the 17th November, the two sides met at Highbury in what was a live televised game due to the early kick-off on the Fylde Coast.

It was a goalless draw on the day, with both sides having chances throughout the game but it was a match where both goalkeepers Alex Cairns and Liam Roberts managed to keep clean sheets, therefore sharing the points between the two sides.

One To Watch: Josh Gordon

With no Andy Cook at Walsall’s disposal due to his three-match suspension, Josh Gordon is the player Fleetwood should be wary of this Saturday. So far this season, he has scored six goals, with four of them coming in the league.

Gordon had time as a youngster at Stoke City, Peterborough United, and Alloa Athletic before moving to non-league sides Newcastle Town and Nantwich Town. He then moved to Welsh club Rhyl in February 2016.

However, the 24-year-old only made one appearance at the club before moving back to Nantwich, but it wasn’t long before he made the move to Leicester City in August 2016.

Josh Gordon wasn’t at the Foxes long and made a permanent move to the Saddlers on the 9th August 2018. He is looking forward to his career in the Midlands.

JOEY BARTON

"In this league, we need to be mindful as every game is a challenge. Walsall will be looking at the game against us as one where they could pick up all three points.

"Dean Keates has done a wonderful job at Walsall. The last couple of months haven't been what they wanted, but we need to exploit that in what I think will be a tough contest.

"This is a massive week for us with trips to Walsall and Coventry City. Max points would mean the league table will look better for us, but we need to focus on picking up the points at Walsall.”

You can watch Joey’s full interview HERE on our official iFollow page.

DEAN KEATES

“It had to be a siege mentality, we spoke to the lads about it and told them they have to take the rough with the smooth.

“You have to be strong enough to deal with criticism because, in football, when things aren’t going well people will be quick to tell you.

“The lads took that on board. They closed ranks and made sure they stuck together. The players have shown great character. But they know there is still a long way to go.

“You look at the Wimbledon game and we were farcical. It was nowhere near good enough, but even when we were on that run there were some OK performances.

“We weren’t getting the rub of the green or a break so to say, but confidence is massive football and so is momentum.”

TICKET INFORMATION

Fleetwood Town supporters will be situated in the ST Francis Group Stand. Tickets for the game will be priced as followed:

Adults - £20.50

Seniors (60+) - £15.50

Under 18s - £15.50

Walsall are also offering a ‘Family Ticket’ for the game (One adult & One under 18), and this deal will ONLY be available from the Walsall Ticket Office. The price for this is £22.50.

PLEASE NOT THAT ALL THE PRICES ABOVE WILL INCREASE BY £2 IF BOUGHT ON MATCHDAY!

BETTING ODDS

If you fancy Fleetwood Town to get three points against Walsall this Saturday at the Banks’ Stadium, you can get odds of 6/4.

For Walsall to pick up another win after their 3-2 win over Bradford on 23rd February, the odds are currently at 17/10. A draw between the two sides is now 11/5 – A repeat of the last time these two sides met?

The SkyBet price boosts odds of Fleetwood to win and for both teams to score, it was 9/2, but it’s not 11/2.

Town haven’t conceded a goal in their last three away matches, and for that to continue, and Paddy Madden to score the only goal in a Town 1-0 win, the odds are 22/1.

There are more odds on the official Sky Bet website HERE. Please bet and gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Cod Army suffer first away defeat of 2019 at Walsall

9 March 2019

Fleetwood Town suffered their first away defeat of 2019 as they lost 2-0 at Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

Second half strikes from Morgan Ferrier and Dan Scarr sealed the points for the struggling Saddlers, in a frustrating afternoon for the Cod Army.

Ash Hunter thought he should have had a penalty in the first half after Scarr pulled him down inside the area, with Wes Burns and Paddy Madden also going close. However, it was to be the home side who came away from The Banks’s Stadium with all three points.

Joey Barton made two changes to the team which drew 1-1 with Gillingham last time out. Ross Wallace returned from suspension, with Jason Holt also coming into the side. Lewie Coyle and Nathan Sheron moved to the bench.

Fleetwood had the better of the play in the first half, and started the game well with Holt seeing plenty of the ball in midfield. Ched Evans slid Madden into the area after a quarter of an hour, but the Irishman’s cross-come-shot was cleared by Nicky Devlin.

Burns saw his 30-yard free-kick tipped round the post by Liam Roberts as Barton’s side looked for a deserved opener. Meanwhile at the other end, Zeli Ismail was the biggest threat for the hosts, looking lively on the right side.

Hunter bent an effort wide of Roberts’ post after half an hour, before going down under a challenge from Scarr just six minutes before the break. Referee Eddie Ilderton waved away the protests from the visiting players. All square at the break.

Walsall started the second half the better side and took the lead on 54 minutes. Fleetwood allowed George Dobson’s corner to bounce at the front post, with Ferrier nodding in unmarked from inside the six-yard box.

After Alex Cairns denied Josh Gordon a second with a fine one-v-one save, The Saddlers doubled their lead. Scarr headed past Cairns from a second phase of a corner which the visitors failed to clear. Another disappointing goal to concede, with Walsall making the most of the limited chances they were given.

Barton turned to his bench and handed league debuts to Under 18s duo Ryan Rydel and Barry Baggley, with both adding energy to a side that were two goals down.

Ash Eastham had the best chance for the Cod Army just three minutes from time, but his volley was wide from just six yards out.

Fleetwood will look for a response on Tuesday night when they travel to Coventry City.

Walsall: Roberts, Edwards, Leahy (Norman), Dobson, Guthrie, Devlin, Ismail (Laird), Kinsella, Ferrier, Gordon, Scarr. Subs not used: Dunn (GK), Fitzwater, Osbourne, Oteh, Blackett-Taylor.

Fleetwood: Cairns; Burns, Eastham, Souttar, Husband; R Wallace (Rydel), Sowerby, Holt; Madden (Nadesan), Evans, Hunter (Baggley). Subs not used: Jones (GK), Coyle, Biggins, Sheron.

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Ticket News

Join the Cod Army on the road at Walsall and Coventry

4 March 2019

Tickets are still on sale for Fleetwood Town's next two away trips to Walsall on Saturday, and to Coventry City the following Tuesday.

Joey Barton’s side gained a point against Gillingham at the weekend, and now have two back to back away games scheduled in Sky Bet League One. 

On Saturday 9th March, the Cod Army will travel to Walsall, and on Tuesday 12th March they will make the 292 mile round trip to the Ricoh Arena.

Below are more details about ticket prices and coach travel to the matches.

Walsall

For the game against Walsall, Fleetwood Town supporters will be sitated in the ST Francis Group Stand.

tickets for the game will be priced as followed:

Adults - £20.50

Seniors (60+) - £15.50

Under 18s - £15.50

Walsall are also offering a Family Ticket for the game (One adult & One under 18), and this deal will ONLY be available from the Walsall Ticket Office. The price for this is £22.50.

PLEASE NOT THAT ALL THE PRICES ABOVE WILL INCREASE BY £2 IF BOUGHT ON MATCHDAY!

Coach Travel

Coaches will be departing Fleetwood Town at 11am, costing only £5 for Onward Card holders, and £15 for non-Onward Card holders.

Coventry City

The Cod Army are due to travel to Coventry City on Tuesday 12th March, and tickets are now on sale for fans, who will be situated in the South Stand.

Last time the two sides met at the Ricoh Arena was back on Saturday 21st January 2017, where Fleetwood came away 1-0 winners thanks to a 90th minute goal from former Town defender, Cian Bolger. 

Tickets are priced as below:

Adults - £22

Seniors (60+) - £15

18-21 / Students - £15

Under 18s - £10

Coach Travel

Coaches will be departing Fleetwood Town at 2:30pm, costing only £5 for Onward Card holders and £15 for non-Onward Card holders.

For any further information on the match, or to book tickets or travel, visit the ticket office or call 01253 775080 now.

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