Home Comforts

Busy September comes to an end with home clash against The Saddlers.

Game seven in the month of September sees us put our unbeaten home record on the line against Walsall as we look to build on the win against Plymouth.  Two defeats this month haven't derailed our promotion bid as we sit second in the table which let's be honest we would all accept right now.

We haven't really been tested at home this season with Portsmouth in 11th being the highest ranked side we have played at home and with Walsall sitting in 13th with just 3 wins so far I'm not too sure that today will be the sort of test that we have had in recent away games at Shrewsbury, Peterborough and Charlton.

Paul Cook has rotated his side quite often this season with Ivan Toney and Will Grigg seemingly swapping the starting jersey game after game and we have certainly had our fair share of suspensions so far; but aside from Shrewsbury our performances have still been quite good.  Plymouth on Tuesday night was another game that we totally dominated and very nearly only came away with a point but luckily we got the late penalty to win the game and move back to second.  Once we get a settled side through suspensions, injury and Paul Cook deciding who fits best for the style he wants to play then I don't think we will have too many problems.  The number of chances we are creating is certainly a positive even if we are missing plenty.  I would much rather see us make chances and miss them than not look as though we would score if we played all week which we looked like on plenty of occasions last season.

It's the old commentator curse but we should have enough to win the game today with or without Nick Powell after he went off on Tuesday night, but obviously it will be a much easier task if he plays.  His form so far this season is exactly what we were missing from him last season (aside from the last four games) and will stand us in good stead for promotion.

Paul Cook

"Nick Powell had a bit of a knock on Tuesday night and we’ll be looking at that one today. Generally in and around the squad we’re okay, but we’ll always have different bumps and bruises along the way due to the nature of how quickly the games come."

"Callum Elder featured on Tuesday night for Reece James who I think has been fantastic for us so far this season. We’ve got Max Power who has come on as substitute a couple of times but never got on the other night, and of course Gary Roberts started against Northampton but hasn’t been seen since, and I thought Gary played well by the way not to have been seen since. What that shows is that we’ve got a very strong squad and we’re very pleased with how things are going. Tuesday’s result was important for us because it gave us that buffer to say we have had a good start, but that’s all it is. We go into the next set of fixtures now looking to progress the same way."

"The chances will come for the players and they’ll come when they probably least expect it. In general we’re playing quite well, and even with the disappointment of Peterborough we created a lot of chances and probably should have got something out of the game."


After a third placed finish two seasons ago missing out on the last day to Burton, Walsall were heavily beaten in the playoffs by the in-form and eventual winners Barnsley and as usually happens with sides who narrowly miss out on promotion the following season wasn't quite as fruitful as they finished in 14th and lost in both the FA Cup and League Cup to lower league opposition.

This season has been a struggle so far for The Saddlers as well with 3 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats from their opening 10 games.  Last weeks win at Oxford being their only win on the road this season where they have conceded 11 goals.



League One

P 10
W 3
D 4
L 3
F 15
A 18
GD -3
Pts 13

Position 13th

Last Game: v Charlton (H) D 2-2.

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