Walsall hoping for Wembley win in Johnstone's Paint Trophy

League One side Walsall play in the first Wembley final of their 127-year history in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Walsall make their first trip to Wembley in their 127-year history to face Bristol Rovers in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy today.

The Saddlers will be taking an army of nearly 30,000 fans to the national stadium as they look to deny Bristol City a record third win in the competition. Walsall have never previously got past the area final, and will be looking to emulate near neighbours Birmingham City who won the competition twice in the 90s.

Bristol City go into the match as favourites due to their lofty position at the top of League One, some 37 points and 15 places above the Midlands team who have only won once in their last eight games. However, Walsall did hold the Robins to a 1-1 draw at the Banks's Stadium in October and the Saddlers will be hoping that they can go one better today.

Manager Dean Smith has an injury worry over 16-goal top scorer Tom Bradshaw, who was rested for Tuesday's game against Sheffield United along with left-back Andy Taylor, and Saddlers fans will be crossing their fingers that both are fit for today's game.

Walsall have attracted support for the game from across the Midlands, with fans of other clubs such as Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion potentially boosting the numbers travelling to Wembley in support of the Saddlers.

A win for Walsall would make them the second Midlands team to pick up a trophy in the capital in the last five years after Birmingham City's win in the Carling Cup in 2011.

Walsall beat Rochdale, Sheffield United, Tranmere Rovers on penalties and Preston North End over two legs to reach the final.

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