I think the time has come for Darryl Clarke to stop tinkering and start picking a settled side. Clarke is managing Walsall like we are in the Champions League. The secret to success in the 4th Division is consistency, keeping it simple so that basic players know their roles. So, I think Clarke should stick with a settled side. My team would be (in a 4-2-3-1 formation):
Rose - Clarke, Scarr, Jules, Pring - Sinclair, Guthrie (or Bates) - MacDonald, Hardy, Gordon - Lavery
Subs: Roberts, Facey, Sadler, Kinsella, Gaffney, CCM, Roberts (K)
You might struggle with that line up for Saturday, Pring went off injured last night so did Jules after coming on as a second half sub. Someone also said on twitter that James Clarke looked like he was carrying a knock late on last night. Obviously we have lost Sadler for three games too. So the defensive line up on Saturday will be interesting. I bet Liddles back in the side. Although I hope not, should never kick another ball for us, robbing a living.
Then there are our two regular injured players Guthrie and Lavery, and as usual with DC’s lack of information, we have no idea when we can expect to see them grace us with their presence on the field of play.
With Guthrie it appears to be two games on the field and three games off, spent on the treatment table, or tv, complete waste of a huge chunk of our budget.
I am not his biggest fan, never got the hype at all, very average player, who gets a headache when he gets anywhere near the opposition penalty area, where was the fans favourite / superstar player Kinsella last night, nowhere near the squad, was he another one of DCs scapegoats for last Saturday.
Our forwards are absolutely pathetic. Only I league goal from open play from all 4 of them! The jury is still out on Lavery due to his injury, but the other 3 have had more than enough to prove (some might say, improve) themselves by now.
The more I see of Gaffney the less impressed I’ve become, he runs around like a drunken Giraffe, at least his posture is similar to one…long legs, small brain.
I’ve never questioned their work ethic, but we need quality, motivation, desire and commitment to accompany the huff and puff.