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Bescot Beat: Bouncebackability the key for Walsall

Well, following a fortnight without a competitive outing, the super Saddlers return to action this weekend.

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke

Playing host to Harry Kewell's Oldham Athletic, Darrell Clarke's side are in dire need of a return to winning ways, and will hopefully have used their training time to the fullest, as there are plenty of issues that need to be addressed.

Arriving at the clash on the back of a trio of defeats, the Reds have it all to do if they are to avoid a continuation of the form which has seen them slip away from the edge of the Play-Off places and back towards mid-table.

Looking back at our most recent outing, a two-nil reverse at the hands of title-chasing Carlisle United, the Saddlers entered a lacklustre display clearly missing the attacking influence of midfielder Rory Holden, who looks set to miss the rest of the season with an ill-timed knee injury.

Whilst the news of Rory's extended absence is likely to have sent a shiver down many-a-Saddler's spine, the time has come for one of his teammates to make their move and give the gaffer a selection headache when the former Bristol City man returns.

With the recent recruitment of promising Aston Villa winger Tyreik Wright, the 19-year-old right-sided youngster joining on loan until the end of the season, the Saddlers have some welcome width and may be able to operate with Emmanuel Osadebe through the middle, giving the often lone attacker a little more support.

Another option would see striker Josh Gordon return to the front line alongside Elijah Adebayo, adding strength to the Saddlers' attacking offering and hopefully boosting our chances of grabbing that all-important match-winning goal.

Of course, tactical decisions are one thing, but putting them into practice is quite another. Hopefully, following a fortnight of uninterrupted training, the manager will have been able to iron out a few of the wrinkles in his side and be looking to take the game to their opponents this weekend.

As slow starts are often the first stop on the road to defeat, we're hoping the team will be able to land an early blow on their visitors from Greater Manchester and really lay down a marker for how they intend to tackle the second-half of the campaign, as there is plenty still up for grabs.

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