UK time is: 21:58:45
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Nothing to lose everything to gain

So new manager, new hope and a new ground for some of our newer fans. The footballing world will expect a heavy defeat for the Saddlers, but can we buck the trend..........

Southend has never been a ground, which I have look forward to, although I can't quite put my finger on why. Perhaps its just distant memories of poor football from both teams and the ex Saddler Roy McDonough as Southend's player manager. The fortunes of both clubs since that dark night have been poles apart. Southend languishing in the lower leagues whilst we enjoyed an all too brief trips to the championship via the magnificent Millennium Stadium. However in recent times Southend have been no strangers to Cardiff themselves with LDV finals and play off success last May. With the goals of Freddy Eastwood and the organisation and defensive qualities which seem a key to success in league we could both be leaving league one but in opposite directions.

Despite the away draw at Colchester, the long run without an away win and the shadow of the 5-0 thumping at Brentford still weighs heavy on the shoulders of all Saddlers. Only a heavy defeat seems the likely out come of the game. A draw would feel like a victory, yet our league position means we really need more.

So can we pull off the shock result of the weekend?. Although my heart says we can fight, we can play without the pressure of expectation and perhaps the appointment of the new manager will motivate the lads, I still can't see it though. The fragile confidence of recent weeks to me suggests that if we go a goal down our lack of firepower means we have no way back. Southend who scored four at play off contenders Chesterfield last week will surely have too much about them to allow a shock.

Team news gives glimmer of hope with last weeks hat trick hero Freddy Eastwood suspended, whilst Walsall's injury duo Danny Fox and Mads Timm face late tests . However Westwood still sits the game out as does the suspended Paul Devlin. Its hard to predict the Saddlers line up with new thinking at the top, although I would imagine Kevan Broadhurst's old mate Mick Halsall will have a strong input.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Jorge's Jottings Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 24 2006

Time: 1:29PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Walsall Articles

Match Officials v Swindon Town (Sunday April 19 2015)

Midland Youth Cup Final Tomorrow (Sunday April 19 2015)

Walsall Youth Team Defeat Shrewsbury (Saturday April 18 2015)

Smith - Draw Was A Fair Result (Saturday April 18 2015)

Walsall Team News v Crewe (Saturday April 18 2015)

Match Officials v Crewe Alexandra (Friday April 17 2015)

Crewe v Walsall - Preview (Friday April 17 2015)

Tayls - Confidence Is High (Friday April 17 2015)

Bradshaw And Downing Deals Close (Friday April 17 2015)

Archived Walsall Articles

List All Vital Saddlers Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Bradford 43 15 13 15 -2 58
13. Doncaster 43 15 13 15 -3 58
14. Oldham 44 14 14 16 -11 56
15. Walsall 43 13 16 14 0 55
16. Coventry 44 12 16 17 -10 52
17. Scunthorpe 43 13 13 17 -11 52
18. Port Vale 44 14 9 21 -10 51

Breaking League News

Colchester 2 Scunthorpe 2 - Report & Highlights
Colchester : 19/04/2015 21:27:01
Gillingham 1-0 Rochdale - Report amp; Highlights
Gillingham : 19/04/2015 21:14:01
Sheff United 1-1 Bradford - Report & Highlights
Bradford : 19/04/2015 21:03:01
Match Officials v Swindon Town
Walsall : 19/04/2015 20:57:01
Midland Youth Cup Final Tomorrow
Walsall : 19/04/2015 20:52:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Vital Walsall Player Of Season
Suggested By:  
O'Donnell 77%
Purkiss 5%
O'Connor 2%
J.Chambers 0%
Downing 0%
Taylor 0%
A.Chambers 5%
Sawyers 4%
Cook 0%
Forde 0%
Bradshaw 5%
Baxendale 0%
Cain 2%
Flanagan 0%