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Kinsella: Saddlers are a lot like us
8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport
HAVING served both clubs with distinction, Mark Kinsella is perhaps the ideal person to make comparisons between Colchester United and Walsall.
The U’s assistant manager spent a large chunk of his illustrious playing career gracing Layer Road or the Bescot Stadium.
So the Irishman is more qualified than most to examine the merits of the two respective clubs, ahead of their meeting today.
And it appears there’s plenty of common ground to be found between the two League One sides, who are of similar size and seemingly like-minded in their philosophy.
“Walsall are a similar to ourselves, in that they like to produce their own players,” said Kinsella, who spent three years at the club as a player.
“And they’re also like us in that I don’t think that they can be direct in their game.
“They like to get it down and play like we do and I can’t see that changing today.
“Dean Smith seem to keep producing teams that are capable of playing football and this season they’re doing the same.
“But they’re also probably a bit similar to ourselves in that they might have won more games than they have.
“We’ve seen Walsall a couple of times and we’ve watched videos of them.
“They have some good players – some experienced and some younger – and they have a good blend.
“We won’t be taking Walsall lightly.
“They’re one of the most improved teams in our division and I think they’re like ourselves, in that respect.
“Dean gets certain players in who fit the budget, the system and the club and we do the same thing.
“I would expect them to play in a certain way and it should be an entertaining match.”
The Kinsella name is still prevalent at the Bescot, with Mark’s son Liam currently plying his trade there.
“He’s doing well there but I don’t get involved,” said the U’s number two.
“He’s enjoying his football and he’s played in the reserves a couple of times.
“It’s a big year for him and young players will always have a chance to progress with clubs like ours and Walsall.”
Colchester will be aiming to end a run of eight games without a win but Kinsella believes the statistic is somewhat misleading.
He added: “We’ve drawn five of those games and they have also been good performances.
“We’d like to turn them into wins, but we’d be worried if we weren’t playing well enough to stay in games and not creating chances.
“Now it’s a case of making sure that we can punish teams when we get the chance.”
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