Stop 44 out of 46 on the Leigh Pomlett ‘Giving It a Good Go’ special sees us back at The Banks’s Stadium against our old rivals Port Vale.
I think we got sold the wrong journey tickets as it appears Vale had the ones meant for us, as they find themselves 3rd in League Two chasing automatic promotion with just 3 games remaining. If results went their way this weekend and they won themselves, they are near enough over the line, but one good thing for Saddlers fans to grasp onto is that they cannot be promoted officially whatever happens here.
The Valiants are managed by Darrell Clarke who is easing himself back into the role following a spell away for a close family bereavement, and whatever we individually think of the man I would hope the chants that were directed at him at Vale Park are in no way reciprocated here. During Clarke’s absence, assistant manager Andy Crosby has steered the ship towards League One and left them on the brink of the promotion that they wanted from the off.
Port Vale’s last six fixtures have seen them W5 (in a row) and L1 (last time out) so they are in as much good form as any team we’ve faced this season. Their last six fixtures have been:
Onto The Saddlers and we are limping to the end of yet another disappointing season, full of false promises that have failed to materialise, again, and with not much to shout home about at all. Gaffer Michael Flynn has said that he intends to give as many players a chance of playing as possible in our last 3 fixtures as he runs the rule over who he wants to keep and who he wishes to dispose of following the conclusion on the season. This could mean appearances for more of the fringe players and some of the youth team such as Shaw, Sawyers, Willock and Maher.
Injury wise we know that Conor Wilkinson is out for up to 12 months with an ACL injury, and Rory Holden is out it seems permanently. There have been a few knocks and niggles recently in games so now we’re safe it will be interesting to see how we line up here - what would your starting XI be?
I can’t see anything other than a Port Vale win here, 2-0 at least, unfortunately.
- Walsall Win
- Port Vale Win