Let’s turn the clock back to the last time we met at WalsallIt is almost seven years since Southend have played Walsall at Banks’s stadium, and on that day a late Sam Parkin penalty gave Walsall a share of the spoils.
August 15, 2009 saw the League One encounter between the Saddlers and the Shrimpers end 2-2 after Dougie Freedman gave the Blues an 80th minute lead.
Walsall lead when Steve Jones headed home Darryl Westlake’s free kick after 11 minutes.
However, Steve Tilson’s Southend were given a helping hand when Dwayne Mattis was sent off after an hour for a second yellow card.
Lee Barnard drew Blues level not long after with a bit more good fortune going Southend’s way when Walsall goalkeeper Clayton Ince threw the ball straight to him.
That was all before the late drama which began with Freedman’s header which looked to have given Southend all three points.
Lee Sawyer gave away a late penalty, though, and Parkin did the rest to end a dramatic game in the second week of the 09/10 season.
It was also an identical result to the opening day draw with Huddersfield Town that season which didn’t see the Blues win until the sixth game of the season on September 4 with a 3-0 win against Leyton Orient.
Southend were relegated that season to League Two, finishing in 23rd place.
SOUTHEND | Mildenhall, White, Barrett, Heath, Francis, McCormack, Grant, Moussa, Christophe, Barnard, Walker
WALSALL | Ince, Smith, Westlake, Hughes, Richards, Vincent, Jones, Mattis, Till, Deeney, Parkin