Apologies for the late preview, I’m working nights and then some after most days so it’s caught up with me!
Anyway, it’s only the SECOND ROUND OF THE FA CUP for our boys this weekend, as we take on a Swindon Town team from the same division, with hopes of drawing a glamour tie in Round Three for the winners.
The Robins head into this game 4th In League Two, but with the interesting stats showing they have the 21st-best home record for points won, but they sit in 1st place for the amount of points away from home, still having not lost an away league game all season!
They are managed by Ben Garner whose only other managerial experience prior to taking the post in July 2021 was an unsuccessful 11-month spell with Bristol Rovers. Three players for Matt Taylor to take caution over, if fit and selected, are Jack Payne, Jonny Williams, and Harry McKirdy.
With it being a crammed fixture list at the moment, there have only been 3 league games in between their First and Second Round ties, so to sum those up, they have picked up 7 points from 9, beating Newport County (a) and Hartelpool United (h), whilst drawing with Harrogate Town (h).
Their FA Cup Round One tie was away at Crewe Alexandra, where they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
Onto The Saddlers now.
Matt Taylor heads into this tie having promised supporters he will pick the strongest available side to progress to Round Three. It will be interesting to see who makes that starting XI as all players appear to be fit for selection apart from the continued long lay-off for Rory Holden, who himself has made a return to the grass over the past couple of weeks.
Having changed the team for the last game out in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday, who makes your ‘strongest’ starting XI, assuming the formation is 4-2-3-1? Does Emmanuel Osadebe make it, or does Liam Kinsella come in to allow Jack Earing to push further upfield? Let us know, it will be interesting to see how many different variations you lot come up with.
If you’re going let us know, and get some pictures in here tomorrow for us. Swindon are being backed by 2200 of their supporters, so there’s sure to be some noise about at least!
Fingers crossed for an inspired performance and a place in Round Three, where inevitably we will probably draw Millwall away…
- Walsall Win
- Draw / Replay
- Swindon Town Win