"Arab boys at sport"
The most bizarre statistic about this strange football season so far (to me) is that with about a quarter of our League One games already played we are unbeaten away from home. Perhaps there is more pressure when playing at Bescot - higher expectations, who knows? Anyway, we travel to the Memorial Ground at Horfield, Bristol, to take on a Darrell Clarke side apparently struggling to find the net with any consistency (sound familiar?) and down in 18th place in the table. There are also reported ground problems, with two newly erected stands currently being refused the necessary safety certificates - urgent discussions are taking place to see if a solution can be found before our game on Saturday. Current League One form for the Gasheads:-
1 Sep Shrewsbury Town (A) Drew 1-1
8 Sep Plymouth Argyle (H) Drew 0-0
15 Sep Luton Town (A) Lost 1-0
22 Sep Coventry City (H) Won 3-1 (Rovers were 3-0 up after 23 minutes!!!)
29 Sep Bradford City (A) Drew 0-0
2 Oct Rochdale (A) Drew 0-0
Scoring goals (or lack thereof) must also be uppermost in Dean Keates’ mind - our most recent 6 games have only produced 4 Walsall goals, and we are currently hanging on to the coat-tails of the play-off zone rather than sitting comfortably within it. Andy Cook seems to have gone off the boil, and he may well be better utilised as an impact substitute rather than starting and then visibly tiring as the game progresses. Isaiah Osbourne may also benefit from a stay of less than 90 minutes, (with or without a smack in the face). Kieron Morris and Liam Kinsella will naturally be pushing for a starting place, and Josh Gordon is capable of providing pace up front.
Our relatively poor form of late makes any prediction a bit dodgy, but I’m quietly confident of bringing three points back to God’s Own Country from this one - even if it’s 0-1 (Morgan Ferrier scoring).