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The Guest Blog - Season 2, Episode 4

Our regular blogger, Adam Guest, explains why he's happy we got Crystal Palace and not Man Utd.

Well this is all going better than expected isn`t it?

Truth be told, my expectations for last week were either a 0-0 draw or a narrow defeat at Vale, followed by an early exit from the Capital One Cup. So to come through the week unbeaten after two tricky looking away games, and with a home tie against Crystal Palace a week on Tuesday to look forward too, the week has gone pretty much as well as it could have.

Some of our supporters were understandably disappointed that, given Palace and Man United were the last two seeded teams out of the draw, we were paired with the former. However, thinking about it I think we may have got the better deal. Firstly we need to remember that United wouldn`t have sent their first team down for this, they`d have sent the same team as if they were playing us in a pre-season friendly. Secondly, although we`d have had a bigger gate for Man United at home, a good portion of it would have been made up of Walsall based Man Utd fans attending their first real football match ever, while the home end would have been partially occupied by the numpties and the wazzocks that turn up once a decade for the Wolves game and end up landing the club with huge policing bills. Personally, I think we`re better off without that. Finally, and most importantly, I think we have a realistic chance of beating Palace.

A bit of spice was also added to the tie when it was announced Palace boss Tony Pulis had resigned less than 24 hours after the draw was made. Some have argued it was coincidence, while others insist he was running scared of our sexy football. I made this argument to a chap at work yesterday who suggested that it was perhaps the fear of having to come up the M6 at rush hour on a work night that scared Pulis off. He may have a point.

All this does mean we can go into this weeks home double header against Bradford and Yeovil quite optimistic, or certainly feeling more positive than I did going to Vale last week. If we can still be unbeaten this time next week that would qualify as a successful start to the season.

The Journalist

Writer: @adamguestwfc Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 16 2014

Time: 9:19AM

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