Walsall v Southend United – Sky Bet League Two – Banks’s Stadium – Saturday 3pm – Preview
Another week without a win – another week under fire from disgruntled fans. Life is far from rosy at Roots Hall Stadium just now and displays little sign of improving any time soon.
Even those hanging on to the fine threads appear to have given up hope. Tuesday’s mauling at Colchester United – embarrassing as it was – left the vast majority of Blues supporters open-eyed to the size of the on-field issues and how unlikely the situation is to change without a major overhaul of the squad which lacks depth, experience and quality.
Of course, boss Mark Molesley will soldier on. He takes his winless side to Walsall this weekend looking to end a wretched run of sixteen in all competitions – the Saddlers, meanwhile, head into the match with just one defeat from eleven in Sky Bet League Two.
“We always remain positive,” the Blues under-fire chief explained.
“It’s been a mixed week and our training numbers have been a little bit split and a little bit limited.
“Some were on extended recovery after extra time on Saturday and only took part in lighter training while another group was preparing for a game and vice versa from Tuesday.
“On the training field is where you hone everything and where teams are built, and in pre-season, we were missing a lot of the key players who are starting to come back and be around the team now.
“Those building blocks are a little bit disrupted due to injuries and the lack of time, and since then we’ve been trying to catch our breath a little bit and the games have been coming thick and fast, Saturday, Tuesday.
Molesley continued: “That’s the rigours of the game and post-Covid congestion on the fixture list.
“Coupled with the injuries it has made it challenging, but we need to roll with the punches and keep striving to improve.
“You control what you can control. We’re fully committed to getting this right.
“We’ve prepared the best we can and it never changes; try and be the best you can every day.”
Blues will again be without defender Elvis Bwomono who is on international duty with Ugander, while the game comes too soon for new signing Sam Hart who remains sidelined along with Simeon Akinola.
John White came through 45 minutes at the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday evening. However, Alan McCormack and Kyle Taylor are still nursing injuries and will miss out.
Jeevesie’s prediction: Walsall 3-0 Southend United
(Quotes courtesy of Southend United Football Club)