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Clarke: Saddlers have plenty to look forward to

22 August 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke believes there is plenty for the Saddlers to looking forward to in the near future.

Clarke’s team have made a steady start to the season, losing just one of their opening four league games.

The Saddlers manager feels his side’s performances have merited more so far this season but believes there is plenty to be optimistic about.

“I’m disappointed we’re not a couple of points better off because I think the performances have warranted that but you don’t always get what you deserve in football,” said Clarke.

“I’m really pleased about the togetherness and how the fans are approaching the season. They know it’s now quick fix, we’ve got the biggest turnaround in all four divisions of the EFl and they realise that. 26 players out and 15 in and that’s a big turnaround but to say where we are now and the manager’s a bit disappointed not to be on two or three points more, I think we’ve got plenty to look forward to in the future.

“We’ve got to keep developing as a squad. We’ve got a good honest set of lads, some haven’t had their opportunity yet but their opportunities will come along the way. It’s about coaching players and getting them on the grass. One or two will probably come in before the end of the window and then we’ll get working with the group.”

Clarke is hopeful that Walsall will soon improve in terms of goal scoring but has been pleased with the application so far.

He is expecting a difficult test against the Pilgrims, who were relegated alongside Walsall last season and sees them as one of the favourites for promotion.


 “Respect to Plymouth, they’re a massive club in League Two,” he commented.

“They’ve got a manager who did very well last season and they’ve got good players. I imagine they’re one of the favourites to get out the division because of the size of the club.

“I’ve been happy with the robustness side that we’ve had to bring to the table. It’s going to be another big challenge against Plymouth because they’re an attack minded team. We’ve got do a little bit better offensively, I don’t just mean centre forwards, I mean as a team.

“I’m looking forward to it, the players are looking forward to it and we’ll go down there to try and win it that’s for sure.

Saturday’s game at Home Park is a 3pm kick off.


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