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“But my loyalties now have to be with Coventry City. It’s my livelihood and my living.
“Don’t get me wrong, I want to see both do well but part of me doesn’t want them to be in the same division.
“I’ll always cheer on Walsall but now I have to turn my attentions to Coventry and the people I work with every day.
“My heart has always been with Walsall but I have to look at the bigger picture. Coventry have given me an opportunity and Walsall never have, so I have to look at that.”
Asked how he thinks the game will go this weekend, he said: “I think it will be tight because Walsall are decent at home.
“They are conceding at the moment and I think over the last 10-12 games they have conceded two or more goals most games.
“But all that goes out the window and it’s about how you perform on the day.
“Coventry have been decent on the road and with all their support and following that makes one hell of a difference.”
Marsh admits he already had a soft spot for the Sky Blues even before joining the payroll.
“I haven’t been surprised by the quality in the Coventry side because I have been coming to watch them at the Ricoh for the last two years through Adi Viveash,” he said.
“His son goes to the games and he gets on well with my son so I’ve watched them and know all about the players. The one thing that Coventry have got over Walsall is the depth of squad.
“Walsall’s first 11 are decent but if they get a few injuries they’re in trouble. Here they have got top quality players to come in and quality running right through to Chaplin and Jonno up front.
“It will be interesting on Saturday but I think Coventry might have too much for them.”
As for the Amadou Bakayoko conundrum, Marsh is confident the former Saddlers’ striker who Robins signed for £300,000 in the summer will come good at the Ricoh Arena.
“I watched the home game against Peterborough and I told him, ‘go on son,’ just before he went on and set up Conor for the equaliser,” he said.
“He’s a cracking lad and that’s what it’s all about, getting on, trying to do well and hoping that he’s done enough to warrant being on the bench at least in the next game and working towards getting a starting place.
“Baka’s got quality.
“He’s still got a lot to learn but he’s still young and I think he’s going to be a great player.
“If he keeps going on and causing trouble then he’s going to be knocking on the door.” YOU can play it at www.thepools.com
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