Coming in towards the business end of the season now, and we look forward to welcoming Sutton United to The Banks’s Stadium hoping to gain a further 3 points from them, as we did when we played away earlier in the season. Easier said than done, however.
The Amber and Chocolates head into this game in 4th place in League Two, which is remarkable really considering it is their first ever EFL season, and they had no real ambitions of being promoted into the League last season to begin with!
Manager Matt Gray has worked miracles at the club, and in their last outing on Tuesday, in the Papa John’s Trophy, he led to the club to the final where they will get the opportunity to run out at Wembley Stadium, after beating Wigan Athletic (A), on penalties.
The visitors squad has plenty of good players throughout, with some of those including goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis, midfielder Craig Eastmond (once of Arsenal), and Tuesday night’s match-winner and former Saddler, Will Randall. Rest assured their entire squad will be full of confidence and looking to end what could be a historic season for them with a good run of form.
One piece of info on one of their squad members made me smile - Craig Dundas has only made 2 appearances in the EFL for them this season, but having never played league football in his career up until August, he made his Football League debut at the young age of 40 years old! Surely that’s a record of some sort?!
Sutton United’s last six games have thrown up the following results:
12th Feb - Forest Green Rovers (H) - Drew 1-1
15th Feb - Bristol Rovers (A) - Lost 2-0
19th Feb - Hartlepool United (A) - Drew 1-1
26th Feb - Scunthorpe United (H) - Won 4-1
5th March - Rochdale (H) - Won 3-0
8th March - Wigan Athletic (A) (PJTSF) - Drew 1-1 (Won 7-6 pens)
Onto The Saddlers, and Michael Flynn heads into his second home game in charge with a bit of optimism after recent results. In recent times after going behind we have all accepted we would go on to lose, but after fighting back to earn a point in each of our last two games it appears we are starting to develop a bit more fight and belief within the squad.
Going into this game, there is no fresh injury news that I’m aware of so Reece Devine and Zak Mills will be missing through injury, as of course will Rory Holden with his long-term layoff.
Team selection will be interesting with a few questions being bandied around by fans, so I’ll put them to you here:
- Does Carl Rushworth deserve to keep his place in the XI?
- Should Lee Tomlin be starting games at the minute?
- Will Hayden White make a reappearance in the starting XI?
- Rodney to start ahead of Miller?
It will be interesting and I’m not about to second guess who will start as the starting lineup at Barrow was something I don’t think many would have been able to predict!
Who is going? What are we expecting?
A win here and I think any last lingering doubts about relegation are done with this season and we can start to properly plan for a proper assault on the league next season, complete with an experienced manager and an experienced assistant manager. Sounds good on paper doesn’t it?
- Walsall Win
- Sutton United Win