Selection issues for Smith as Saddlers look to end slump

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By CarlyBaldwin | Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:30

Walsall boss Dean Smith has a number of selection dilemmas as the Saddlers head into a tough double-header.

Smith's side will bid to break an undeserved three-game losing streak in the league when they host Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, before visiting League One giants Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

The manager must decide whether to recall Will Grigg to the starting line-up as the striker missed last Sunday's televised 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Grigg – who was an unused substitute in the Irish's surprise 1-1 draw with Portugal – will come back into the side if Smith opts to revert to 4-4-2.

Elsewhere, it is likely Smith will need to find a replacement for Florent Cuvelier, who limped off with an ankle injury at Shrewsbury.

Utility man James Chambers – still playing on non-contract terms – could be one option as he is back in full training after recovering from a hamstring option.

And the manager is also in talks with Nottingham Forest to extend the loan deal of goalkeeper Karl Darlow, which expires after the Crewe clash on Saturday.

Smith was this week still unable to comprehend how his side came back empty-handed from their first-ever trip to Greenhous Meadow.

He said: "Our failure to convert the chances that we created is what cost us the game.

"It was one of those games. Their goalkeeper did really well and on another day we'd have scored four or five.

"There's a consistency in the way we're creating chances and I am confident that if we continue to perform like this, we will win more than we lose this season. We move on to the next game now and make sure we are ready for the visit of Crewe on Saturday."

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