The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

GOOD to see my two dark­horses for League One go­ing well. Both Rus­sell Slade at Ori­ent and Dean Smith at Wal­sall work in­cred­i­bly hard on limited bud­gets and to be sit­ting with nine and seven points re­spec­tively from two games will give them a big lift.

I know they aren’t ex­pected to stay there, but who cares? Now isn’t the time to worry about that.

As a fan of those clubs,you have to en­joy good times like this be­cause you know there are bad times around the cor­ner.

Both Rus­sell and Dean will have started the sea­son think­ing ‘Let’s get points on the board early to see us safe later’. I’ve been there my­self.

But when you win two out of two, you can’t help but dream.You think ‘Maybe we can get top half this sea­son’.Then you win three and it’s ‘Well, maybe we are good enough for the play-offs!’

I think they are, but they’ll need luck with in­juries.You know that with your best XI out,you can take any­one on and I bet the pair of them beat some big teams.

But teams like Wal­sall and Ori­ent haven’t got the num­bers. For them, the most im­por­tant per­son at the club is the­p­hysio.

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