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Walsall 0-1 Macclesfield Town

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Highlights: Walsall 0-1 Macclesfield Town

National League side Macclesfield produced an FA Cup shock as they dumped out League One Walsall.

There are 46 places between the clubs but John McCombe's header enhanced the Silkmen's giant-killing reputation, having beaten Swindon and Cardiff in the cup in recent seasons.

Walsall could have led after nine minutes as Joe Edwards ran half the length of the pitch, but was denied a superb solo goal by Craig Ross's low save.

Macclesfield's winner came in the 23rd minute when Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge rushed from his box to foul Paul Lewis out wide and McCombe glanced home the resulting free-kick from Danny Whitaker.

Etheridge redeemed himself with a superb fingertip save to claw Danny Rowe's 20-yard strike away from the bottom corner.

Walsall ended the half strongly but could not find an equaliser as Erhun Oztumer's fierce strike was kept out by the strong palm of Ross.

Etheridge's poor clearance almost gifted Macclesfield a second goal in the first minute of the second half but Jack Sampson struck the post from a tight angle.

The miss never looked like proving costly, though, as Macclesfield defended superbly and almost grabbed a late second as Whitaker curled inches wide.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Walsall manager Jon Whitney told BBC WM 95.6:

"You're always wary of a bit of complacency and whether we can handle the expectancy of the occasion and the pressure because we've got a young team, and some of us didn't today.

"We need to just keep the ball better and our players need to brave and get on the ball, and decision making wasn't good from some of our younger players today.

"A goal changes it because they can can sit in. We had chances, you can say that, but I don't think we did enough to deserve it.

"Credit to Macclesfield and credit to John Askey and his team, I wish them all the best in the second round."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 23mins
  • 3Laird
  • 32Toner
  • 16Preston
  • 5McCarthy
  • 7Chambers
  • 2Edwards
  • 44MoussaSubstituted forBakayokoat 64'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 18GinnellySubstituted forMakrisat 76'minutes
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Osbourne
  • 15Kinsella
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 24Roberts
  • 33Makris

Macclesfield

  • 13Ross
  • 4ByrneSubstituted forHancoxat 45'minutes
  • 5Pilkington
  • 6McCombe
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 11Rowe
  • 8Lewis
  • 2Halls
  • 14James
  • 23Whitaker
  • 10SampsonBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 1Branagan
  • 7Mackreth
  • 9Holroyd
  • 16Hancox
  • 17Sutherland
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Madeley
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
2,334

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Macclesfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Macclesfield Town 1.

Attempt missed. Kingsley James (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andreas Makris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Pilkington (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig Ross.

Attempt saved. Scott Laird (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces Josh Ginnelly.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Foul by Josh Ginnelly (Walsall).

Jack Sampson (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt missed. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Kingsley James.

Attempt blocked. Danny M. Rowe (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Franck Moussa.

Attempt missed. Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town).

Foul by Jason McCarthy (Walsall).

Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town).

Attempt saved. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by John McCombe.

Attempt missed. Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

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