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Darrell Clarke disappointed with cup exit

13 August 2019

Club News

Darrell Clarke disappointed with cup exit

13 August 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke was disappointed to see his team crash out of the Carabao Cup.

The Saddlers were narrowly beaten by Crawley Town despite a spirited performance in the second half.

Clarke felt his side needed to defend better, particularly against the counter attack.

“We’ve got to be better,” said Clarke.

“As a group we’ve got to reorganise and not chase the game too early, we’ll always push teams back but really disappointed.

“We didn’t lockdown on the first goal, we deal with the cross so lock it down.

“We knew they’re a dangerous counter attacking team and we talked about so we’re thoroughly disappointed to be out of the cup.

“I thought we showed a lot of naivety out there.

“We’ve got to get out of the bad habit of conceding the first goal because it makes it a bit of a mountain to climb and you if you’re going to be scoring two goals you can’t be conceding three.”

A positive to come from the game was new striker Caolan Lavery scoring his first two goals for the Saddlers.

Clarke was pleased to see the 26-year-old get off the mark and was impressed with Lavery’s second goal.

 “It’s pleasing, because he’s missed all of pre-season and not played many minutes,” added Clarke.  the last thing you want to do is killing the boy too early but he showed his quality, his second goal was a great finish.”

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