After a decent week for the Saddlers, with a very good away win at Notts County last Saturday in the League, followed by a defeat at Premiership QPR in the League Cup on Tuesday which somewhat flattered the team which contained eight full internationals, with another three on the bench, its back to the bread and butter stuff tomorrow of trying to improve a home record that has been, for a couple of seasons, just not good enough. It is, of course, also a quick return for the team beaten in the first round of the League Cup, seemingly only yesterday, Brentford.
Brentford is a place you really cant say too much about, being just another part of West London, with both good and bad bits, the good being very good, and the bad being very bad, as can be said for much of the capital. They do claim to have some very famous supporters, though, including Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz (there’s no way she’d turn up, is there?), Pete Townsend and Rick Wakeman. The Supporters’ Band looks like it would be a lot better than ours.
They have also had a couple of ex players gone on to better things, in the shape of Bradley Walsh and former BBC stalwart Billy Cotton, of band show fame. The story that Rod Stewart once played for them is, however, NOT true, as he now admits himself, although he may have had a trial there.
Its good news and bad for Dean Smith on the injury front, as both James Chambers and Richard Taundry are fit again. I suspect that one of them will take the injured Adam Chambers’ place in midfield, following his injury in the QPR game, and the other will be pressurising Purkiss for the right back slot.
Smith’s other selection dilemma (barring any miracle signings today) will be Bowerman or Grigg up front (or maybe both, if there is a change in formation).
Brentford will add Jake Bidwell and Tom Adeyemi to their squad for the trip.
Left-back Bidwell is back at Griffin Park for an initial one-month loan deal from Everton – the 19-year-old having spent six months with the Bees last season, making 25 appearances. Walsall’s own new left back, Andy Taylor, could have been lining up instead of Bidwell, as he had been on trial at Brentford.
Midfielder Adeyemi has joined on a five-month deal from Norwich and could make his debut, but he may have to start on the bench, however, as Uwe Rosler is unlikely to make too many changes after his side romped to a 5-1 win against Crewe last weekend.
Young midfielder Jake Reeves is available again following a three-match ban after he was sent off in the Capital One Cup game at Bescot.
This will be a good test of where we are, a Brentford have strengthened since the Cup game, but we should have the confidence after this week to sneak a home win.