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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Walsall

10 March 2023

Jim Steele

Stevenage return to The Lamex Stadium in the hopes of a crucial three points as they take on Michael Flynn’s Walsall in Sky Bet League Two…

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Steve Evans’ men have thirteen games remaining in the race for promotion to Sky Bet League One, seven of which are at The Lamex Stadium.

Despite an entertaining 3-2 victory against AFC Wimbledon four days prior, Stevenage followed it up with a 2-0 defeat away to Rochdale last Saturday. Boro will be looking to bounce back immediately in order to stay clear of the fellow promotion chasers below them.


Since the club’s relegation from League One in 2019, Walsall have failed to threaten the promotion places in Sky Bet League Two. This season has been no different for The Saddlers who sit fourteenth in the table after picking up ten wins, fourteen draws and nine losses from thirty-three matches.

Walsall currently have the joint-second best defence in the league this campaign, having conceded just twenty-nine goals in thirty-three matches. Their impressive defensive record was on display on Tuesday as they drew 0-0 with promotion hopefuls Bradford City.

Michael Flynn took over as The Saddlers boss in February 2022 and is currently enjoying his first full season at the club. Flynn was handed the League Two Manager of the Month Award for October 2022 after guiding his side to fourteen points from seven matches. He previously had a four-and-a-half-year spell as Newport County manager.


Boro and The Saddlers have met on twelve occasions in the past, with the sides picking up three wins each and drawing the remaining six. The 2011/12 League One campaign saw the first two meetings between the clubs, with Michael Bostwick scoring in a 1-1 draw in Boro’s away fixture.

Tomorrow, The Saddlers will be looking for their first victory at The Lamex Stadium, with their three victories against Boro all being at The Bescot Stadium. Last season, Paul Tisdale’s Stevenage picked up a 3-1 victory over Walsall in Hertfordshire, through an early own goal, followed by goals from Chris Lines and Jake Taylor.

This campaign’s reverse fixture looked destined to be a victory for Walsall, before substitute Danny Rose popped up in the 100th minute to nod home and grab an extremely late equaliser for Boro.


Carl Brook has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s fixture with Hristo Karaivanov and Dean Treleaven as Assistants, and Declan Ford as Fourth Official. Brook’s most recent Stevenage fixture was the 2-1 Carabao Cup upset away to Reading back in August.


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