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The Opposition Guide: Walsall

22 January 2016

A Look At Tomorrow's Opponents

Blackpool will look to back-up last weekend's victory against Scunthorpe United when they visit Walsall tomorrow.

It will be the team's first trip to the home of The Saddlers since December 2005. 

Here we take a look at the opposition:

THE MANAGER


Sean O’Driscoll returned to club management last month when he replaced Dean Smith as Walsall’s Head Coach.

The 58-year-old, who had assisted Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and previously coached the England under-19s, agreed an initial 18-month deal to take the club forward.

Inheriting a side challenging at the top of the division, O’Driscoll has won four of his first six league games in charge.

His last managerial role in league football came at Bristol City in 2013, however his greatest successes came with Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers.

CURRENT FORM

Walsall picked up their first league victory of 2016 last weekend, holding off a late fightback from Bury to win 3-2.

Prior to that, The Saddlers had started the year off with a surprising 3-0 defeat at home to Rochdale, before drawing at Coventry City.

Sean O’Driscoll’s side sit second in the League One table on 52 points from 26 games, two points off pace setters Burton Albion. 

KEY MAN

Although Tom Bradshaw leads the way in terms of goals for Walsall, it’s Romaine Sawyers who continues to pull the strings for The Saddlers.

The 24-year-old forward has been central to everything good about his side this season, assisting eight goals and scoring six himself.

A graduate of the West Brom academy, he has played more than 100 league games for Walsall since signing in 2013. 

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