Vital Football

Latest Walsall FC News

Walsall's defender search-Plan B

Walsall's defender search-Plan B

Having confirmed our main defensive target is Richard Jackson from Derby, not a name which will set saddlers fans hearts racing. The news from Derby isn't sounding great. As reported Richard has took a knock in training on thursday. Reports have come out that the injury may well be medial knee ligaments. What is unclear is the seriousness of the injury and the Derby medical staff are waiting for the swelling to go down and will then reasess and scan if required.

Ian Roper has suffered this injury in both extremes this season one minor strain kept him out for a week whilst his latest problem will rule him out for the majority of what remains of the season.

So with Chris Westwood feeling his hamstring and having to come off after 26 minutes on saturday, this leaves us light at the back. Alan Picken having recovered from knee surgery is now effected by tendonitis a common problem after a knee problem. DD is hopeful that Alan will play some part of the promotion run in but admits if that starts to look unlikely then a further defensive dip into the transfer market before the March dealine day seems likely.

The urgency to bring some experience into the back four is highlighted when the finishing back four consisted of a 19 year old and a bunch of 20 year olds. The experience of JJ and co at Darlington on saturday could be just too much for an inexperienced back four no matter what potential or talent they have.

So DD is looking at other options, it will be interesting to see what names come into the frame. As Richard Jackson didn't fit the bill of his recent signings who in general have been players who have won promotion seen it all and got the T-SHIRT. However the one key factor I would like to see added to the back line is pace.

However the position of trialist Anthony Barness is unclear. A number of local newspapers are sugesting that we may well be offering the former Chelsae Bolton and Plymouth player a contract until the end of the season whilst other rumours coming out of the club seem to indicate that we will not be following up our interest.


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

Writer:Jorge's Jottings
Date:Wednesday February 28 2007
Time: 10:07AM

Comments

0
Reports out of Derby are sugesting a long lay off for Richard Jackson, so plan B it is.
Big No 9
01/03/2007 09:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Walsall Articles

O'Connell In Team Of The Week (24/1/17)

Walsall are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Walsall 3-1 Bristol Rovers - Highlights

Match highlights of Saturdays victory over Bristol Rovers

Walsall 3-1 Bristol Rovers - Report

Saddlers record their second win on the bounce - for first time since October.

More Reliable Than A League 1 Octopus? (20/1/17)

A new season and finally a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final League One positions for 2016/17.

Archived Vital Saddlers Articles

Vital Saddlers articles from

Site Journalists

Kev
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Will Walsall Finish?
Suggested By:
Automatic Promotion9%
Play Offs21%
Mid Table Medicority49%
Relegation21%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Sheff Utd 29 17 6 6 57 19
2 Scunthorpe 27 16 7 4 55 27
3 Bolton 26 15 5 6 50 16
4 Fleetwood 28 14 7 7 49 13
5 Bradford 28 11 13 4 46 11
6 Rochdale 27 14 3 10 45 5
7 Southend 27 11 9 7 42 5
8 Peterborough 27 11 8 8 41 7
9 Millwall 27 11 7 9 40 2
10 Bristol Rovers 28 11 6 11 39 -3
11 Wimbledon 27 9 10 8 37 5
12 Oxford 27 10 7 10 37 4
13 Walsall 27 9 10 8 37 -2
14 Charlton 26 8 12 6 36 7
15 Port Vale 26 8 8 10 32 -10
16 MK Dons 26 8 7 11 31 -3
17 Gillingham 27 8 7 12 31 -9
18 Northampton 28 8 6 14 30 -9
19 Swindon 28 7 8 13 29 -14
20 Shrewsbury 28 7 7 14 28 -13
21 Bury 28 7 5 16 26 -12
22 Chesterfield 28 7 5 16 26 -17
23 Oldham 27 5 10 12 25 -13
24 Coventry 27 4 9 14 21 -16
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Walsall Results (view all)

Walsall Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Bury (a)
Sky Bet League One
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Northampton Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Bolton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Scunthorpe United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Peterborough United (H)
Sky Bet League One
The Vital Football Members League