The next stop on the League Two Promotion Party Bus sees us back at The Banks’s Stadium to take on Barrow AFC.
Barrow arrive in Walsall following a successful first season in League Two last season where they managed to stay up, and amongst other signings in the summer they also took on a familiar face in the shape of Josh Gordon, who was on course to be a Saddlers fan-favourite until injury, Darrell Clarke and Brian Dutton all came together and things didn’t quite work out in the end. They also appointed a new manager and are now led by the former Forest Green Rovers boss, Mark Cooper.
The Bluebirds find themselves in 11th place in the League with 17 points from their first 13 games and their last six fixtures have thrown up the following results:
24th Sept - Newport County (H) - Won 2-1
2nd Oct - Mansfield Town (A) - Won 1-0
5th Oct - Fleetwood Town (H) (PJT) - Lost 3-1
9th Oct - Leyton Orient (H) - Drew 1-1
16th Oct - Port Vale (A) - Lost 3-1
19th Oct - Scunthorpe United (H) - Drew 1-1
Onto The Saddlers.
Walsall head into this game on a 5-game unbeaten streak, culminating in a great 3-1 victory against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Matt Taylor appears to now be working out his best XI and you can see signs that the squad are starting to gel with relationships appearing all over the pitch now.
For this tie, Liam Kinsella and Rory Holden are again sidelined by injury, whilst I would think the Gaffer is likely to start with the same XI as started on Tuesday, which means another start for the seemingly ever-improving Emmanuel Osadebe, who arguably had his best performance in a Saddlers shirt the other night and Jack Earring who looks to be our next potential golden-ticket if he keeps progressing.
What do you think the starting XI will be?
Are you going?
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This game is the start of a crucial period of 5 or 6 games now that could really propel our season and give us the chance of cup progression, so if you can get there to support the lads - DO IT!
COME ON YOU REDS
- Walsall Win
- Barrow Win