Archive for January 30th, 2009
Tomorrow sees one of the truly great days in the life of any football fan â€“ the visit of the greatest team in the country, Leeds United, in what is, after all, our Cup Final.
Leeds, of course, were cruelly robbed of every European Cup win from 1970 until 2003 by a conspiracy of all of the footballing powers, who were so jealous of a club with such a mighty position in the game. They were then relegated unjustly to the Championship, before yet another conspiracy by the Football League and the FA saw them thrown into the darkest regions of football, only for the same bodies to then put every obstacle in the way of Saint Ken Batesâ€™s men gaining promotion back towards the only place real football is played the following season. Yes, it will be an honour to see the humble players of Walsall sharing a pitch with such true greats of the game, while us fans watch in awe the exhibition of semi naked Yorkshiremen waving their shirts over their heads, something which can make grown men tremble.
(Please note that not every word in the match preview so far is necessarily true).
Chris Hutchings has Roberts, Hughes, Weston and Ricketts all back in training this week and he must be hoping the first three will be in state to play, having seen the defensive performance in the last two games.
The bad news is that Chris Palmer has signed his registration forms, so he will be available to play, but the line up will completely depend on who, if anyone, of the four returnees are fit. With a fully fit squad, we know we can live with most teams, but it seems to have been a very long time since we had that fully fit squad.
As for Leeds, new manager Simon Grayson will pick from an unchanged squad with no injuries or suspensions after their Southend win.
Jermaine Beckford may partner on-loan striker Lee Trundle again, with Luciano Becchio pushing for a start and Frazer Richardson still unfit
Their main dangermen are, of course, the aforementioned Beckford, Trundle and Becchio, no matter which of them start, but the man Iâ€™ll be interested in seeing will be youngster Fabian Delph. The midfielder has been getting rave reviews and is, reportedly, being tracked by Premiership clubs.
If itâ€™s Ince, Weston, Roberts, Gerrard, Boertien at the back, Iâ€™d give us half a chance in this game â€“ trouble is, if itâ€™s anything else, I fear for our goal difference. 3- 0 it was away and since then, we have been on a poor run. I canâ€™t see us getting anything out of this one.