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Rayleigh boy

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Thursday 18 October 2007
Walsall vs Southend preview
exile @ 12:30 pm Thursday 18 October 2007
The Saddlers look to continue their run of good form this weekend at home as they entertain Essex’s finest, Southend Utd. The Shrimpers themselves have their eyes on promotion, a new stadium, selling a 16-year old to Man U and maybe mounting a smash and grab raid on Walsall, not necessarily in that order.

Southend Manager Steve Tilson has avoided the manager of the month curse thus far, missing out to Dennis Wise at the last, and will be counting his lucky stars no doubt. His squad is fully fit, and despite rumours that they employ a sumo in the forwards, their biggest threat is likely to be loanee Leon Clarke from the Wendies, whose career includes a spell at the custard bowl, making him an ideal target for the dingle-hating boo boys of the lower ASBO. Clarke’s scored six in seven starts so far, and features in the assists too, although their goals do come from all over at the moment.

At the other end of their pitch, a keeper under six foot may draw comparisons with a certain ex-keeper of ours, and while they’re scoring a lot, they ship almost as many. We can draw comfort from the fact that their away form is as patchy as our home, at least in terms of results, and our opponents last weekend, Tranmere, turned them over on their own turf which may give us a hierarchy advantage at least.

At the Banks’s, Dickie Dosh has to make a hard choice regarding formation and personnel, after Dwayne Mattis had his loan spell ended by a broken leg. What to do with the midfield will be the question he’s pondering, and we’ll not make a guess at the result till we see whether or not anyone else is brought into the mix before the weekend. Sadly the BBC sport headline ‘Walsall sign biggest in Europe’ proved not to be the resolution we expected.

Otherwise fine, the Saddlers could well be unchanged from last week’s starting XI, as Money’s early season perming settles into a relatively solid starting side and bench, injuries permitting.
 

Maidstone Shrimper

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Certainly "Essex's finest, Southend Utd" makes you warm to them, plus they sell a good pint of beer at the Banks's Stadium. Still want 3 points from them though.
 

Rayleigh boy

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Richard Money, Dickie Dosh, as they call him seems a fairly impressive manager - and seems to be devoloping a good squad - sod all the nice talk tho' lets stuff them -
 
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