"I went and wet a line today … down where you caught that cod,
The biggest one you’d landed yet and though it was my rod
I reckon he was yours all right … but cod are far and few.
They don’t bite like they used to, Dad. They don’t bite like they used to."
Back in November we managed to keep a clean sheet in the corresponding away fixture, maintaining our pressure on the play-off zone. Now, some four months later, the pressure is being exerted on us at the other end of the table - it should be noted, however, that a mere 2 points is all that separates 8 clubs, and a Walsall win could propel us almost to mid-table respectability!
Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town won’t be relaxing on the beach yet - occupying 10th place in the League One table, and having 49 points they’re only 6 points adrift of the play-offs. Their main scoring threat(s) come in the form of Paddy Madden and Ched Evans, who have notched 31 goals between them. A real test for our non-zonal defence then …
Current Cod Army League One form:-
26 Jan Scunthorpe United (H) Lost 0-1
2 Feb Charlton Athletic (H) Won 1-0
9 Feb Bradford City (A) Won 0-1
16 Feb Luton Town (H) Lost 1-2
23 Feb Burton Albion (A) Won 0-1
2 Mar Gillingham (H) Drew 1-1
The combination of Dean Keates and Martin O’Connor seems to have brought about a fresh approach on the field of play, not to mention a cavalier attitude that results in bodies being laid on the line (some of the footage from the Bradford City game was reminiscent of Tony Barras, Graeme Forbes and Zigor Aranalde). The importance of continuing this approach can’t be over-emphasised when you see some of our matches in the near future.
Prediction? This is the 2nd game of Andy Cook’s enforced absence, so hopefully the hoof-ball won’t be rearing its ugly head just yet … Happiness would be a scrappy 1-0 win, with Nicky Devlin repeating his performance against Scunthorpe United!