Yes, I know … no-one cares … but it’s still a fixture and you never know, somebody might be thinking of going, and then posting his/her thoughts and reactions.
As we didn’t finish top of the qualifying group, we get to travel to darkest Shropshire to play the Sloppies’ reserves/youth/academy (delete as appropriate) - note the date and kick-off time. Port Vale, who “won” the group stage, have been rewarded with a real local derby against Stoke City’s U-21’s.
Quoting Shrewsbury’s current League One form is meaningless (like ours) in view of the composition of the team likely to be named for this fixture. Newly-appointed Caretaker Manager Danny Coyne has a reputation to live down … when he was previously appointed to that position in 2016 he presided over four straight defeats before Paul Hurst’s arrival. He might select Mat Sadler for old times’ sake…
Presumably Dean Keates will use this game as a run-out for fringe players, and Chris Dunn will probably get the nod over Liam Roberts. As Joe Edwards was considered fit enough to warm the bench last week-end it might be beneficial to let him have some game time. Morris, Kouhyar, Ronan, Parker - take your pick.
By the time this game takes place we will know the results of the draw for the 3rd round of the F.A.Cup, and there’s a chance we could get the Sloppies in that! They came through their 2nd round tie against Scunthorpe United on Sunday even after giving the Iron a penalty in the 88th minute (saved by Shrewsbury keeper Arnold).
Prediction - who gives a monkey’s? Just for nostalgia let’s go for a 1-2 away win, with Walsall’s goals coming from Richards (Tony, not Matt) and Taylor (Colin, not Brian).