There is a common factor with our defeats lately. We waste chance after chance and then let in sloppy goals at the other end – something that needs to be rectified and quickly!
The Saddlers slipped to our third league defeat of the season and this defeat seemed to set the alarm bells ringing more than the others.
Defeats against a big budgeted Plymouth side was brushed under the carpet and so was the defeat against a Crewe side who have had the best 2019 than most in the football league however a 3-1 home defeat to a side who finished 16th last season says more about the current side and set up more so than any of the previous five games.
Many have held onto hope that our woeful start to our League 2 campaign was due to the quality of the opposition we faced. In our opening five games we have faced four sides who are favorites to be in the mix this season however yesterday was a game where we all expected it to click and for our season to start rolling.
Adebayo and Holden spurned our best chances to put the game to bed following Lavery’s opener but it was yet more car crash defending which allowed Grimsby back into the game before that man who shall not be named scoring a brace to send the fishy people home happy.
Square pegs and round holes springs to mind with Clarke’s team selection and formation at the minute with him seemingly throwing the proverbial up the wall hoping something sticks.
The Saddlers now find ourselves in our lowest league position for twenty-nine years.
Yes it’s still very early days but the warning signs have been there during pre-season and six games in they still show no sign of being rectified.
We now face Colchester United on Saturday where after the closure of the transfer window (tomorrow) will allow us to see what we have until January.
Yesterday proved that this isn’t going to be as easy as quite a few expected and a year of consolidation seems more likely. I just hold onto the hope that this time last year we were in the top six in League 1 and managed to get relegated, hopefully this year is going to be the complete opposite.
A massive twenty-four hours for all those at the Banks’s Stadium – let’s have three or four incomings to completely turn this abject start around.
The fans have returned and held to their end of the bargain, it’s up to Walsall FC now to sign a few more players and start to climb this god awful league.