What is to blame for Walsall's recent dip in form? - Big Debate

Walsall have now failed to win since beating Notts County 5-1 on January 25th.

Walsall boss Dean Smith
Walsall boss Dean Smith

What do you think is the main reason for Saddlers' recent slump?

Have your say below.

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Comments for: "What is to blame for Walsall's recent dip in form? - Big Debate"

Sandy Sadler

Looking like we are starting to run out of steam. Maybe a missed to chance to get players in, during the transfer window. Teams like Crawley, played in our faces and gave our back less time on the ball. Cannot afford to lose anymore games this month. Has we still have 3 games against the teams above we, this month to play.


there are many factors, lack of clinical finishers as usual, key players getting sent off, poor decisions by players(downing today) costing us, not enough shots and hopefully saving energy for a few key games coming this week.


As saddlerforever points out there are numerous issues not just one. The whole season has been one of stop start with good performances followed by poor ones. A lack of goals. It's worrying that our last four games highlight our lack of cutting edge more goals conceded than scored even more concerning is from those last four games where 12 points were available we have taken just one. Perhaps the most alarming stat at the moment is no matter what the rights and wrongs of the decisions we have now seen two red cards in those same four games. Finally while I can understand the excitement of the upcoming home game it's too distracting when there are other games to come first. I have no issue with Wolves or their fans but as a Walsall fan I don't care who they play or how they are doing I am only interested in us and will worry about meeting them after the Coventry match.


there are obviously several reasons for our dip in form as others have said. one problem is that teams know our style of passing football from the back and therefore use their 2 upfront players to apply pressure on our central defenders and fullbacks when the keeper puts them in possession. this was notable against mk dons and crawley at home and preston. this requires the use of the early ball into midfield or the long ball played forward. the later is obviously the easy option and less dangerous one. but that nullifies our style of play. the way to counter act this is to play nick Featherstone in midfield he is the only player who likes to pick the ball up off the toes of the central defenders with the ability to hold shield and turn and play the ball forward. at preston his contribution was very noticeable and we would have got a result if the ref had been more even handed during the game. Featherstone has not been selected to start that often in the last few weeks and we need his ability to regain our total passing style.