Walsall v Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Peter MacGibbon on 27/01/2005
Back at the beginning of October two goals by Pawel Abbott and a third by Junior Mendes were enough to see us beat The Saddlers 3-1 at the Galpharm. Their goal was a brilliant headed own goal by Nathan Clarke!Walsall v Town

Unfortunately our record at the Bescot Stadium isn?t good. In ten visits we have only won once. We have drawn 5 times but lost on 4 occasions. This time we go there on the back of a win over Bournemouth looking for two wins in a row for the first time this season. The Saddlers played on Tuesday and went down 5-0 to Colchester at Layer Road. In the league they are four places and three points behind us.

Obviously we have Holdsworth and Carss out for at least the next month and, at the time of writing, there is no sign of a loan left back. If Rob Edwards could guarantee a consistent 90 minutes like the first half against the Cherries our worries would be over. Maybe the answer is to split the game between him and Lloyd?

Hopefully Mirfin and McCombe will both be available for Saturday, although Mirfin was ill yesterday and missed the reserve match. Nathan Clarke is still out but his brother, Tom, retains his place. Michael Collins has been brought into the squad, a just reward for some good performances both at club and International level.

Chris Brandon will be back from his suspension but Worthington and Abbott will be walking a suspension tightrope, as will Nathan Clarke if he is available. Fryatt and Robinson will be in a similar situation for Walsall.

Following the 5-0 defeat on Tuesday, Paul Merson, Walsall?s player manager, has issued a statement saying that he is staying with The Saddlers.

?"On behalf of the players and myself, I would firstly like to apologise to those supporters who made the long journey to Colchester on Tuesday evening," he said. "The performance was simply not good enough and I was left deeply hurt and upset.

"It left me in a position whereby I was seriously considering my future as manager as I have let too many people down.

"I have slept on it and spoken to Jeff Bonser at length throughout the day and have come to the decision that it is up to me to turn this situation around. I have never run away from anything before in my life and am not going to start now.

"I love it here and it is up to me to sort things out and move the club forward."

On the other hand first team coach, Frank Barlow, resigned this morning, which was a big surprise to Merson!

Jorge Leitao limped off in the Colchester match and must be doubtful for Saturday.

Morale must be low at the Bescott so it is up to us to capitalise on this, if we can, by putting in a good performance for 90 minutes. Or is that beyond us?

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