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18 minutes ago, onestepatatime said:

Not in the least concerned tonight about anything but 3 points to the mighty Vale. Small minded Warsaw will realise the gap in standards. Stand up all Vale players and show them why we are 3rd in the Division. UTV.

It would have been second in the division if we hadn't panicked at the end of the game last Saturday.  You're correct--we need to see a bit of backbone form the Vale players this evening--come on you Vale!

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19 minutes ago, onestepatatime said:

Not in the least concerned tonight about anything but 3 points to the mighty Vale. Small minded Warsaw will realise the gap in standards. Stand up all Vale players and show them why we are 3rd in the Division. UTV.

We’ve stooped into the sewer of low automatic promotion. Let’s get back where we belong. We might as well keep them where they belong at the same time, win win.

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1 hour ago, ValeForever. said:

I think a red card tonight is nailed on. Both sets of players should be right at it & I can see some of the Walsall players getting a bit excited with their biggest away following of the season.

Just hope we keep our discipline & don't do anything daft to jeapordise the chance of 3 points. 

Exactly, let them be overzealous and rush around like maniacs for the first half hour. If we take our time, play football and stay calm we’ll just sweep them aside. Their only chance is turning it into an 100-free kick war of 8 aside, so don’t give them the chance.

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3 hours ago, Joe B said:

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I would love someone to put the question to a player or the manager “why are you so hyped for this fixture over others?” There is no answer that doesn’t lead to more questions, embarrassment and confusion.

Nobody is openly saying because of Clarke, but it must be doing the rounds at the club behind closed doors based on the comments.

Why would players who didn’t even play for the club under Clarke or a manager who replaced him care about going to face him now?

If he was adored and said the week before he left that he loved the club and would never leave, I get it. That’s an albeit tenuous reason to want to get a cheeky one-up on him. This level of animosity is embarrassing and makes no sense.

If we lose 0-5 tonight, we still trust in and want him now and for the future, and he would still choose us over them.

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5 hours ago, Joe B said:

They've well and truly lost their heads, falling deep into a rabbit hole of DC-hatred. Their season is probably finished already and this is all they've got; contrived anger at a manager who was working in a set up that wasn't great, and left for a better one. A manager they didn't want anyway, and were grateful we took him off their hands. 'Cheers for the Compo!', they declared. 

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And there we have it. A rational Walsall fans accept that the whipping up of this fixture by Saddlers has a lot to do with a need to inject meaning into an increasingly bleak existence as a football club.

We did the same with Crewe in the Smurthwaite days; we built it up and beat them regularly, and whilst they were probably annoyed, they were too busy getting promoted to care too much. The wins were all we had under Aspin.

Tonight may be the same - a win for them gives the season meaning. Otherwise, their season is basically already finished.

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11 minutes ago, philmpv said:
17 minutes ago, Bald Eagle said:
No pre match interview with the Gaffer?  Can’t find a link?  

He doesn't usually do one for midweek games. Tries to cover it in the Saturday post match interview

 

11 minutes ago, philmpv said:
17 minutes ago, Bald Eagle said:
No pre match interview with the Gaffer?  Can’t find a link?  

He doesn't usually do one for midweek games. Tries to cover it in the Saturday post match interview

Thanks.  wondered if Mr Bowers was still licking his wounds from Saturday and had been unable to attend!😉

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Ticket office mega busy all day going be a good 7 thousand there tonight one hopes .
I Expect the fans to turn out its very rare we play any team who has a decent following in this league bar a few so for atmosphere alone there should be lots more there tonight obviously be very disappointed if only 4k Vale turn up we need support that's what's annoyed me so much about last 2 results (didn't go Oldham but felt v Bradford we didn't play our usual game due to nerves from been on the TV )so in my opinion a good 3 points dropped in those games .
Big game tonight to get back on track .
Are we capable.
How much do we want it
Well by 21.40 we will know
UTV

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