Date: 13th January 2020 at 3:57pm
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This may be dramatic of me, but I feel the next three games will really define how the rest of our season goes.

We have a run of three games that, on paper, are winnable. Crawley are similar to us. They have taken 9 points from their last 5 games however they are also unbeaten in their last 5. They will pose a threat, but it is a game Walsall must win if they want anything other than mid-table mediocrity, and let’s not forget, we have already beaten them this season.

I don’t think that we will be pushing for the play offs. We showed against Cheltenham that we aren’t ready to compete that high up, and there is a substantial gap already, with several teams battling it out up there. However, I think it would be a great achievement to finish in the top ten. We all know that October was a write off, but if we could (a big could) finish in the top ten, it would show that we can compete next season, and would, in my opinion, be a fantastic finish, considering we did drop to only a couple of points from relegation.

After Crawley, we have Carlisle away and Morecambe at home. Both, despite losing to Carlisle at home, are winnable games, and games that, for a team looking up the table rather than down it, should be winning. These are often the games that Walsall struggle in, and they are games that Clarke will be keen for us to get a positive result in.

We need a rest, and I am glad we have no midweek fixture, as we have had midweek games every match since Exeter on December 21st. It gives players chance to rest, injured players an opportunity to recover, and the potential of a new signing (or two) being announced. I would be happy with 7 points from our next 3 games. Draw to Crawley, then 2 wins against 2 relegation candidates. This would keep us looking at that 10th place as something achievable, and gives the players a base to build another run on.

These three games will also be a big test for our defence. We have players missing (hopefully to return soon) and players who have underperformed. They have to show that they can play well against these three teams or else, in my opinion, they aren’t League 2 standard.

So there are some ramblings from me. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about the next few games, and realistically where you think we will finish.

 

4 Replies to “Three Games That Could Define Our Season”

  • Yes rightly so the next 3 games will be crucial probably 7 points minimum but would be brilliant if we could get 9 especially with tough games coming in February. Top 10 has to be the aim I won’t be accepting midtable or below as soon we get out of this rubbish league the better.

  • be lucky topick up 4 points, apart from McDonald and Gordon there is not to much to shout about, hate being negative but this is the worst walsall side i have seen in 42years. the consistency level is poor. the manager is forever changing his side around and on reflection after defeats admits he has got things wrong. heart breaking but if the chairman invests in some decent players we might just get it right for next season. one disgruntled loyal fan.

    • I wouldn’t say It was worst team but no more than a average league 2 team I thought the one under Hutchings was the worst team I’ve seen when Dean Smith took over and kept us in league 1.

      I do actual think we can achieve a Top 10 finish this season would be a platform for next season to challenge next season and we have nothing to fear in this league and there are a lot of poor teams in this league.

  • I can only go on all the home games so far this season the football has been mainly poor Clarke changing the team is not helpful jack rose had 3 or 4 games in goal did nothing wrong but got dropped same with Cameron Norman recently that cannot be good for players morale half way through January now still no new signings Still looks like it’s going to be a poor season. Alan

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