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Clarke praises 'magnificent' defence

21 August 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has been pleased with how his side have performed defensively but admitted there’s still work to be done offensively.

The Saddlers picked up a well earned point after a stalemate with unbeaten Newport County on Tuesday evening.

Clarke was keen to look at the positives when reflecting on the draw with the Exiles.

“The positive for me was that defensively as a team – I thought my back three, back five were magnificent in defending against a very dangerous Newport team,” Clarke said.

 “So four games in the league, two goals conceded, one a penalty, an individual mistake – we can take the positives from that but we know as a team we have to do a lot more offensively.”

Clarke felt the game against Newport was ‘scruffy.’

Walsall have looked solid defensively in the league so far this season but Clarke insists the Saddlers are not a defensive team and wants his side to entertain.

 “It is up to us to entertain, I’ve always said that,” he said.

“But the fans are sticking right behind the lads. They are not daft; they can see what we are trying to do.

“You have to get the balance right between defending and attacking. I certainly don’t think we look a defensive team but you have to get the balance of linking the play better.”

 “We’ve got to be a lot more dangerous but that will come. It’s early days yet.

“I think, if I’m being honest, we deserve to be a couple of points better off than we are after four league games.

“It was a very, very scruffy, tight game and I think we didn’t work the ball well enough in areas to be able to give our strikers enough opportunities – but our strikers have got to do better as well.”


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