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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Walsall

Red Dragons' search for first league victory of the campaign

15 August 2023

Wrexham AFC return to action tonight under the lights at the STōK Cae Ras, when they take on Walsall.

It’s the first time the two teams have met since 2007, and Phil Parkinson’s men will be hoping to secure their first Sky Bet League Two win of the season.

The Red Dragons earned their first victory of the season last Tuesday, after a penalty shootout win over League One outfit Wigan Athletic, in the Carabao Cup.

They built on the performance over the weekend on the road at AFC Wimbledon, with a 1-1 draw at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Elliot Lee opened the scoring on the 22nd minute, with his deflected strike taking the ball past Alex Bass at the far post.

In the second half, the crowd was subject to some Ben Foster heroics, saving Ali Al-Hamadi’s penalty down to his right to keep the contest level after an hour.

However, ten minutes from time the Dons got another opportunity from the penalty spot to find an equaliser, and Jamie Tilley did so, sending Foster the wrong way.

Once level, Parkinson’s men launched an assault on the Wimbledon box, and should have found a late winner, with Sam Dalby heading over a gilt-edge chance.

After the full-time whistle, Parkinson explained that it is crucial that the players continue to build on the minutes they have already had.

He said: “I think the lads deserve a lot of credit. There’s a lot of positives today. I thought we were resolute as a team, when we did link a lot of passes together, we looked like the team to go and win the game.”

“All in all, it’s been a tough first week with the opening game, but I think the response was good against Wigan.

“As I’ve said before, we are going to change the team around while we get up to speed so there may be a few surprising decisions, but we have to get people firing on all cylinders.”

EYE ON THE OPPOSITION

The Saddlers, managed by Mat Sadler, recorded their first victory of the campaign on Saturday, with a 2-1 win at Edgeley Park against Stockport County.

They were edged out of the Carabao Cup by Championship opposition in midweek against Blackburn Rovers.

It was a seven-goal thriller at Ewood Park, but a late Ronan Maher goal couldn’t galvanize a late comeback on Tuesday night.

However, at the weekend they built on the performance, with Danny Johnson and Aramide Oteh scoring in either half to secure the three points.

Ryan Rydel scored for the Hatters deep into added time at the end of the second half, but it was never going to be enough to stop Sadler’s side earning victory.

After their win on Saturday, the Walsall boss explained he is treating tonight like any other game but wants to reward their sold out travelling away allocation.

He said: “When you’re in amongst it and down to the grounds of it, it’s just another game for both teams and another game where both teams will be desperate to try and win.

“There won’t be hyping anything up from me, it’s another League Two game where we'll need to do the basics extremely well and it will be a really tough game for us to try and get three points from.

 “We’ll go there and try and give it our best.”

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Venue

Pld

Won

Drn

Lst

For

Agst

+/-

Home

   48         

28

13

7

93

45

+48

Away

46

11

11

24

45

81

-36

Total

94

39

24

31

138

126

+12

 

Biggest home win – 5-1 (Div 3 North) – 26 Mar 1932

Biggest away win – 3-1 (Birm & Dist Lge) – 14 Oct 1905

Top goalscorer- Tommy Bamford (9 goals)

Highest home attendance 16,047 – 11 Dec 1954 (FA Cup 2nd round)

HOW TO WATCH

You can tune into tonight’s EFL Sky Bet League Two fixture between Wrexham and Walsall live on WrexhamPlayer, via the iFollow platform.

The game is available to be streamed worldwide, so if you can’t make it to the STōK Cae Ras this evening, you can watch it wherever you want to around the world.

For the first time at home this season, you can listen to our WrexhamPlayer commentary team led by Mark Griffiths, on both our audio commentary and our video stream.

Match, Month and Season passes are available on our website, and you can find out further details here.


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