We’ve got to use this as a reset - Matt Taylor post-Harrogate.
And what a chance to get this reset off to a good start with another home game in the league, this time as we welcome Rochdale to The Banks’s Stadium.
The Dale are led by Robbie Stockdale, who is in his first outright managerial position (having had a couple of stints as caretaker at Sunderland in the past), and he currently finds himself sitting 13th in League Two with his side following an inconsistent start to their campaign.
Off the field issues have also played their part in things, more details of which can be found here - Rochdale: Why League Two club's future is at a crossroads - BBC Sport
Rochdale’s last six games have provided the following results:
23rd Oct - Sutton United (H) - Won 3-2
30th Oct - Barrow (A) - Won 2-1
2nd Nov - Bolton Wanderers (A) (PJT) - Lost 3-0
7th Nov - Notts County (H) (FAC1) - Drew 1-1
13th Nov - Leyton Orient (H) - Drew 2-2
16th Nov - Notts County (A) (FAC1R) - Won 2-1
Onto The Saddlers, who this week have welcomed back both Liam Kinsella and Conor Wilkinson into training following injury in what is sure to be a boost to manager Matt Taylor as he looks to start another unbeaten run following last Saturday’s 3-1 reverse against Harrogate Town. Another positive for the Gaffer is that captain Joss Labadie returns from suspension and will surely take his place back in the starting XI.
Missing from this game will be Rory Holden (injury) and Hayden White (suspension), so there is an opportunity at right-back that you would assume will be filled by either Tom Leak or possibly new boy Otis Khan.
As I wasn’t at the game last Saturday I cannot possibly comment on who should be starting on Saturday, so in your opinion who would your starting XI be, and would there be much change from that team that started the last game?
Away from the on-pitch activity, this game will see an extra 1600 in attendance via the schools partnership offer (will we have enough food and drink?!), and some ex-Saddlers legends will be in attendance at half time, including but not limited to Jorge Leitao and Pedro Matias and it will be good to see them grace the Bescot turf briefly once again.
Hopefully an action packed day that results in three points for The Saddlers ahead of a much anticipated local derby against Port Vale on Tuesday.
- Walsall Win
- Rochdale Win