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PREVIEW: WALSALL (H)

29 September 2015

The Iron host Walsall on Tuesday and will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat at Southend on Saturday.

United did lead, but the hosts came back strongly to win 2-1 and leave the Iron in 21st place in the League One standings.

Walsall head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Crewe, keeping them in the top two and meaning they have only lost once all season.

Dean Smith has assembled a strong and competitive side at both ends of the pitch, with the Saddlers boasting the tightest defence in the league.

The Iron have been strong at home this season, already beating play-off chasing Coventry City, meaning it should be an entertaining clash at Glanford Park.



Joe Lolley joined on loan from Huddersfield on Friday and played against Southend at the weekend. He will be looking to make his home debut versus Walsall.

The Iron boss may look to rotate his side up going into the game, with a busy schedule of fixtures for his team ahead.

Luke Williams, Niall Canavan and Stephen Dawson sit out through injury, while the manager says he is hopeful Darius Henderson will have shaken off the hamstring strain which forced him to miss out at Southend.




Tom Bradshaw has often been the spearhead of a very exciting Walsall attacking line, and has made an encouraging start to the season.

He netted a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup and has also managed to score two in League One this season.

Bradshaw started his career with Aberystwyth Town, before moving to Shrewsbury Town for a fee of around £30k in 2009.

After a successful spell in Shropshire, he moved to Walsall in 2014 following Shrewsbury’s relegation to League Two and hit the ground running.

The former Welsh under-21 international netted 20 times in his debut season, helping his new side to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

He has carried on this form into the new season and has showed why some Championship sides were reportedly monitoring him in the summer.



Sensational strikes from Hakeeb Adelakun and Gary McSheffrey gave the Iron a 2-1 victory when Walsall visited Glanford Park last season.

A fantastic solo run from Adelakun put United into the lead just after the half-time interval, before the lead was doubled just minutes later.

McSheffrey’s unstoppable free-kick put the Iron in a very commanding position to claim their first win of the season.

Tom Bradshaw’s 70th minute strike set up a nervy finale for the hosts though as he capitalised on some hesitancy at the back to beat ‘keeper Bobby Olejnik.

The Iron held on though and would go on to do the double over Walsall, winning 4-1 away from home in the reverse fixture.



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