Walsall Match Stats Preview
Updated Friday, 30th September 2011
All the historical match stats for the game at the Banks's Stadium tomorrow afternoon as United look to return to winning ways on the road
History of the Walsall v Carlisle United fixture
The Blues travel straight down the M6 tomorrow hoping to improve on their poor record in the West Midlands. United having a disappointing history of four wins, six draws and 16 defeats in their 26 games at Walsall over the years.
Last season in League One in late November 2010 the Saddlers took all three points again with a 2-1 victory at the Banks's Stadium as 4,256 fans looked on. United taking the lead in the 26th minute through Mike Grella only for Matt Richards to score twice from free-kicks on 37 and then 53 minutes to give the home side all three points.
In the 2010-11 campaign in League One the two sides drew 2-2 in a match played in early October. Darren Byfield putting the Saddlers ahead on 33 minutes before Matty Robson equalised for the Blues just before the break with a long range shot and goal of the season contender. Steve Jones, in front of only 3,572 spectators then putting the home side back ahead after 74 minutes before Richard Keogh headed home a last minute leveller from a Graham Kavanagh cross to grab the Cumbrians a point from the game, Keogh though also being booked for his exuberant celebrations after the ball hit the back of Rene Gilmartin's net.
Meanwhile in 2008-09 in League One Carlisle lost 2-1 at the Banks's Stadium in late September 2008. United striker Danny Graham having a 25th minute penalty saved before the Saddlers went 2-0 up through Dwayne Mattis just before the break and then Jabo Ibehre on 64 minutes. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's successfully converted 83rd minute spot-kick therefore proving to be no more than a consolation goal for the Cumbrians as 4,830 fans looked on.
Walsall's biggest win at home to Carlisle has twice been by a 5-0 scoreline, one of those victories coming in the first ever old Fourth Division season in 1958-59 as 10,085 fans looked on. The other victory coming in the Third Division North in 1932-33 in front of 5,637 spectators. None of United's wins four away to the Saddlers have been by more than a one-goal margin. The last success coming in the Third Division (fourth tier) title-winning campaign of 1994-95. A brace of goals from David Reeves in a 2-1 win, as 3,610 spectators looked on, ensuring that Carlisle travelled home with all three points.
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