Writer: Saddler 13
Date:Wednesday October 18 2006
I am very pleased to report that we remain at the top of League Two by a clear two points. That`s great, but there are some testing fixtures on the horizon that can really put the cat in the trees. A tough trip to Accrington Stanley is next for the Saddlers, with another tough game a week later at home to MK Dons. Well, Clive Platt to be the first opposing player to score at Bescot in the league this year? Hmm.
Now then, I am going to discuss certain issues with England later on, so I will now proceed to elaborate on Walsall`s chances of not getting promotion. That`s right, I said the word 'not.` Let`s be realistic, there is only a two point gap between ourselves and Lincoln, and after their 5-0 win at Boston, oh dear…oh dear me. Thankfully, we do not meet them until 17th February, so we will wait patiently for that one, with our arms folded. There is one thing that concerns me; it is all going too well, isn`t it? When I was on cloud 9 last week, screaming frantically, I then realised something: I am a Walsall fan, this is not right. I am now waiting for that one result that will severely dent our chances of wining the title. It will probably come against someone like Macclesfield, especially if Paul Ince became their manager. As a journalist, I think of certain headlines and then go "oh yes, hope it happens so I can use" because it is great when you can write a story with that headline. However, I hope I never have to see: 'MACCLESFIELD BELT SADDLERS OFF TOP SPOT.` It is unlikely that you will see this headline, but did you expect Walsall to go to Slough and lose 2-1, or even at Oxford United back in the day? No. The chances are that I am kicking up more fuss than Wayne Rooney, but as a Walsall fan, you cannot help to think "wow this is great, who have we got next week? Oh, whatever." Then, you hear that you have lost. Teams like Hereford, Accrington Stanley, Macclesfield, and even Swindon, are usually teams we would expect to beat whether it is at home or away. I will be optimistic and say know one can touch us, but I am wary, very wary.
Right, now for the opinion to flow on England. Erm…well…I missed the game as I thought Will Farrell`s new film, 'Talladega Knights,` looked more of a prospect than losing 2-0 to Croatia. When I got into the centre of Liverpool, I had heard rumours that Gary Neville had put the ball in his own net. 'Typical,` I thought, and it wasn`t long till I got into a pub with a big screen. I went to the bar for a pint and saw a bloke on the end, wobbling with drunkenness, and he spoke. Didn`t understand a word of what he said, so I just smiled and went 'right.` But then I approached the screen and laughed at Scotland, but then I was crying at England. 2-0. Two John Ruddy Nil! What is going on, and then I saw that we had played a 3-5-2 formation. Bit silly really. Macca said he was forced to play the formation due to a lack of players, but it`s all rubbish really isn`t it. The one thing, according to Sky Sports News, that really counts is the view of one Paul Merson. What did he have to say about the performance? You can imagine. He said that Macca should have played 4-4-2, and I agree, but for a man, who managed a team that hardly ever played 4-4-2 and when they did, they couldn`t work it out, it becomes such a farce. So, because of the last two results, I am at that stage where I care more about what the Wolves and Albion do more that I do with England, and I don`t like Wolves or Albion (sorry!). The players need to stop acting like a bunch of little fairy girls, with their impressive domestic records, with their six figure pay packets, and their little white boots, while gelling their hair so much, most hairdressers in the UK are in their billions. It`s a joke! There is more passion in fruit! They talk about themselves being 'ready` for this and that, but when it comes down to playing; most of them don`t give two chocolate fingers. We are too good for Andorra, too rubbish for Croatia: sort it out!
Date:Wednesday October 18 2006
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