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Walsall 0 Albion 2

28 July 2015

Strikers net in Banks's victory

SAIDO Berahino and Brown Ideye scored second-half goals to give Albion a victory in the friendly against Black Country neighbours Walsall.

Both players netted from close range following well-executed moves down Albion's left-hand side in what was a strong work out against a determined Saddlers side.

A frantic opening offered little but it was to the be the hosts who had the first sight of goal. Reece Flanagan scuffed his 20-yarder high and wide of Boaz Myhill's right-hand post.

It was Walsall who threatened next - Flanagan again released his venom at the ball in the 11th minute, bending it just over Myhill's bar and against the hoarding. 

The Saddlers continued to press but it was a quick break by McClean which provided Albion with their first opening on 20 minutes. He darted down the right and sent a cross in for the head of Berahino, who was just beaten to the ball by O'Connor. 

Sessegnon and McClean combined down Albion's left on 33 minutes. The latter's cross was cut out by the final Walsall man. 

And then came the hosts' big moment. Walsall were awarded a 40th minute penalty when Bradshaw was sent tumbling by Gardner. His spot-kick hit Myhill's left-hand post and the Walsall man's follow-up was sent wide.

The second-half began with Albion on the front foot. Morrison, on for Fletcher, released Gardner whose low cross skimmed along the face of the Walsall goalmouth. There was no one there to finish it off.

Dean Smith's side were to go closest to a breakthrough on 51 minutes. Baxendale's long-range shot seemed destined for the top corner only to be tipped over by Myhill.

It was Albion who broke the deadlock on 11 minutes later - McClean's low-ball from the left was steered home by Berahino from close range.

Walsall almost hit back. Substitute Kieron Morris thumped a close range effort against the bar. Albion didn't fully clear the ball, with Forde seeing his header cleared off the line by Garnder.

Ideye was to complete the scoring seven minutes from time, when he turned in a cross from Albion's dominant left wing.

WALSALL: MacGillivray, Demetriou, Taylor, O'Connor, Downing, Chambers, Bradshaw, Sawyers, Baxendale, Henry, Flanagan. Subs: Etheridge, Mantom, Forde, Lalkovic, Preston, Morrison, Murphy, Bakayoko,  Thompson, Kinsella.

ALBION: Myhill, Gardner, Lescott, Olsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, McManaman, Berahino, Anichebe. Not used: Ross, Donnellan, O'Neil, Morrison, Ideye, Brunt.

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