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Clarke pleased with points return from two difficult away games

27 December 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke is pleased to have collected four points from two difficult away games.

Clarke saw his side battle to a 2-0 victory over in-form Scunthorpe on Boxing Day following last Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Exeter City.

The 42-year-old was more than satisfied to take four points from those matches and praised his players for their performance at the Sands Venue Stadium.

“That’s what we’re about aren’t we, solid at times,” he said.

“It’s nice to get the second goal at the end.

“Scunthorpe put us under a fair bit of pressure but I thought we defended superbly.

“Robbo’s (Liam Roberts) pulled off a great save at 1-0.

“They’re the fine lines of League Two.

“But credit to my boys, they put in a good shift and managed to get the three points.

“I try to be honest, but I think for the whole course of the season the desire and commitment has been there.

“We’re just trying to get better.

“Everybody looks at the Exeter game and thinks that’s two points dropped massively.

“Then you’re looking at the character again to come away from home again.

“Against a team that’s in-form, to get a clean sheet and win the game, it's all positive for me.

"To win four points from two away games, I'm telling you now, everybody would have snapped your hand off before that.

"We'll take the positives out of that and we'll keep working and chipping away with a couple home games coming up.”

Clarke’s side have picked up 17 points on the road this season but have only won twice in the league at the Banks’s Stadium.

The Saddlers chief is now aiming to replicate the away form at home as he looks to guide the club into the top half.

"I think the two wins at home is the reason why we aren’t in the top half of the table,” he commented.

 “I need to give the boys some credit though, we haven’t seen a defeat since November 2nd in the league, and it’s just one defeat in 11, so we need to give the boys a massive pat on the back for that.

“Let’s not get too carried away with it because there is still a lot of work to be done, we know that, but it’s now all about trying to put in a few decent home performances to cheer our home fans up.”


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