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Preview: Bristol City v Walsall

Bristol City v Walsall
Ashton Gate
Sunday, May 3rd, 12.15pm

Sky Bet League One Champions Bristol City end their season against Walsall this Sunday at Ashton Gate.

Find out more about Walsall below.

Walsall will finish the season safely in mid-table on the back of a run of seven games unbeaten. Having drawn 1-1 against City earlier in the season at home and then lost in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final, the Saddlers will hope it’s their turn for success on Sunday afternoon.

Dean Smith – Former centre-back who played for Walsall, Leyton Orient and Sheffield Wednesday. After a spell as Martin Ling’s assistant manager at Orient, Smith initially joined Walsall as their head of youth before replacing Chris Hutchings as manager in January 2011.

Tom Bradshaw – Hit 20 goals for the season in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic. The striker’s rise has been a sudden one – only two years ago he went a whole season without scoring for former club Shrewsbury Town, before showing glimpses of his talent last term despite the Shrews’ relegation from League One. His seven goals persuaded Dean Smith to offer the then 21-year-old a two-year contract at Walsall in the summer.

Paul Tierney will take charge of the game, assisted by Darren Blunden and Andrew Laver. The fourth official will be Brett Huxtable.

The match is sold out.

City 2-0 Walsall. Goals from Aden Flint and Mark Little ensured City held aloft the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in front of more than 70,000 supporters at Wembley.

League One: 13th
FA Cup: Second round (lost to Leyton Orient)
Capital One Cup: Second round (lost to Stoke City)
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy: First round (lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Richard O’Kelly left Walsall to become Sean O’Driscoll’s number two at Ashton Gate in January 2013, but resigned just five months later to return to Banks’s Stadium and work with Dean Smith again.