Walsall vs Yeovil Town Preview

Neil @ 3:42 pm Friday 14 December 2012

Now, we are having two new sofas delivered tomorrow, in advance of Christmas, which leaves me with a difficult decision to make. Will it be wait in and help the wife get the room straight following the delivery, or will it be risk watching the Saddlers play (or attempt to play) football?

Dean Smith was happily trying to blame the referee for last week’s defeat at the Ricoh (and, to be fair, the lack of protection that Fabien Brandy received was quite disgusting), but the excuses (and the promises of improvement) are starting to wear very thin. We all know that he can get this squad to play – they proved it during August and September – but he seems powerless to do anything positive about the current slump. We all know that the injury to Florent Cuvelier hasn’t helped either, but he was far from being our most effective player before he got crocked, as teams had worked out the threat and were giving him no space to operate at all. That needed a change of tactics and it is that change which has failed to manifest itself. Mind you, I start to have doubts about anyone who thinks that Richard Taundry is the best right back at the club.

Cuvelier has started training again, but tomorrow’s game against Yeovil may have come a little to early for him to start. Smith does, however, have Ben Purkiss available following his hamstring injury. (Just a clue, Dean, both Purkiss and James Chambers are better right backs than Taundry). To counter that, Andy Butler misses the first of his two games after the sending off at Coventry last week.

Yeovil welcome back Keanu Marsh-Brown after the winger missed the goalless draw against Notts County on Saturday as he served a one-match ban after picking up five yellow cards, but Marsh-Brown is now available for an immediate return to Gary Johnson’s side.
Johnson will be without defender Dale Bennett after the 22-year-old returned to parent club Watford following a frustrating loan spell. Bennett played just 10 minutes for the Glovers in a substitute appearance against Carlisle, after his stint at the Somerset club was plagued by a back injury.
Johnson is able to call on an otherwise fully fit squad.

Predictions?

Not too sure when the two sofas will be delivered, but am betting on around 11.30. As for the football,like the team, I haven’t got a clue at the moment.

Toy Appeal

As Radio WM don’t seem to consider Walsall to be in their area and are ignoring Bescot for their annual Toy Appeal, the Trust will be carrying one out at tomorrow’s game again, on the car park near to the main entrance.

The Trust will once again, thanks to the generosity of Saddlers fans, be providing toys for the Walsall FC players to take to the Childrens Ward of the Manor Hospital on their annual visit, and this year they have included gifts for new born babies for the neo natal unit purchased with Supporters donations from the 2011 Toy collection.

They will also be donating toys to the Walsall Rainbows Childrens Hospice, as we did last year that were gratefully received by the staff and children alike.

Another worthy cause supported this year the is BLACK COUNTRY FOOD BANK, which is based at the Church at Junction 10. The Food bank will distribute toys to local children who may not otherwise get any presents.

The Trust are also happy to receive Non Perishable Food Stuffs to pass on to the food bank. Any tins would be gratefully received and put to good use by them.

There will also be a collection bucket on the table for any unwanted change.

Last season saw a brilliant response from Saddlers fans, so let’s make sure we repeat that again.

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