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Darrell Clarke gives his verdict on Plymouth defeat

24 August 2019

Club News

Darrell Clarke gives his verdict on Plymouth defeat

24 August 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke insists his side must improve their end product after seeing the Saddlers lose 3-0 to Plymouth.

Despite the scoreline, Walsall dominated possession in the second half and created a handful of opportunities. 


Clarke was frustrated after defeat and I keen to see improvement. 


“It’s Frustrating, not good enough,” said Clarke. 


“We had a lot of the ball, got into to good areas and worked good opportunities but we didn’t take care of the final ball or shot. 


“You’ve seen the areas that we’ve had the ball in but good possession doesn’t win you football matches, you have to be ruthless in final end area with the your end product, run, reaction and final ball and until we get that right, it’s going to be a long season.”


“We’ve got to work hard, get back to it on Monday morning and rectify what we need to be working on.”


Clarke made three changes to the team from Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Newport County. 


One of which saw Callum Cockerill-Mollett come in for Cameron Pring and Clarke explained the change. 


“Pringy’s had a massive overload in the last two games, we’ve got to be careful after our wing backs, making sure the overloads don’t go to hamstring injuries.”


The Saddlers boss admits there’s plenty of room for improvement but feels his side deserve to be on more points than they are. 

“It’s a long season, we’re only five games in to the league campaign, we know we’ve got a lot of improvement ahead of us,” he commented. 


“Am I disappointed to be on five points? Yes Do I think we deserve to be on more points? Yes but we’re not putting the ball in the back of the net and that’s what’s costing us.”

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