We welcome Wigan to the Banks’s Stadium for what is the biggest match of the season yet! Six pointer is over used but this is genuinely one. A win for the Saddlers will see us go four points clear of Wigan with a game in hand….THIS IS MASSIVE!
Forde ‘When you`re getting cheered on by more supporters it gives you an extra boost,” he said. “I think at home games they can affect the game in a positive way.
“As a player, when you know they`re behind you, as they have been all year, it gives you an edge.”
Walsall Team News:
James O’Connor could return for Walsall’s crucial game with promotion rivals Wigan at the Banks’s Stadium.
The defender missed last week’s 1-1 draw at Crewe with a dead leg with Matt Preston deputising at the back.
Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray is still a doubt after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury.
Player to watch: Tom Bradshaw
Super Tom finally broke his goalscoring drought at the weekend and will be hoping to prove he is the best striker in this division when he faces a mean Wigan defence.
Wigan Team News:
Sanmi Odelusi’s Wigan season is over after the forward underwent further surgery on a foot ligament injury.
The 22-year-old has made just five appearances for Latics this season after joining from Bolton last summer.
Michael Jacobs is also out and not expected to return any time soon after suffering a calf injury at Crewe last month.
Kevin McNaughton could be available for the first time since August after recovering from a knee injury while Reece James is available after playing in a development game against Burnley on Tuesday.
Player to watch: Will Grigg
The name alone makes you shudder….we got done over by Brentford when he left a few years ago and he continues to score goals on his return…will he be celebrating infront of empty seats again?….we hope not!
Match Facts & Stats
The Saddlers have not lost at home to Wigan since 1999 – the year we got promoted!
The Saddlers have won three, drawn two and lost one (Wigan A) in the past six meetings.
The match officials have been announced for Saturdays top of the table clash with Wigan at the Banks’s Stadium.
Match officials are as follows –
Referee – IAIN WILLIAMSON
Assistants – Neil Hair and Ian Dudley
Fourth Official – Robert Massey-Ellis
Iain WIlliamson has officiated twenty four games this season and has issued ninety six yellow cards and six red cards.
Many Saddlers fans will remember Williamson from last season when he officiated our away game against Swindon.
During this match he awarded Swindon two diabolical penalties within twelve minutes in the second half.
Be warned Saddlers fans, this man is one of the worst referees.
Forget what my head is telling me, we need to win this one and given the spirit of this team this season – I think we will.
1-0 to the Saddlers, Bradshaw last minute penalty!
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