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Clarke: We won't be taking the Macclesfield game for granted

13 December 2019

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke insists that his side won’t be taking tomorrow’s game against Macclesfield Town for granted, despite Town’s current off-field issues.

Clarke, who like everyone else in the football world is fully aware of what is currently happening at Macclesfield, believes that they won’t be pushovers when they visit the Banks’s Stadium.

But Clarke is firmly focused on getting the job done against Macclesfield, and even though the team have moved to train at Lilleshall in recent weeks, he is hopeful that the Saddlers can pick up their third win in a row in all competitions, and their sixth win in eight games.

“It’s always nice to head into a full week of training on the back of a win from the previous Saturday,” said Clarke.

“We’re now looking to back up that win with a result against Macclesfield. We have been thoroughly professional throughout the week working very hard.

“We’ve had to move up to Lilleshall for a couple of sessions this week because of the amount of rain we have had in recent weeks, it’s really starting to take its toll on the training pitches.

“I’m really pleased that we have been able to come down to Lilleshall and use the facilities here.

“That’s a credit to the board because they’ve sanctioned us coming down here to train and get the professional work in that we need to do. 

“Macclesfield have been having a lot of problems off the field for a number of weeks now but they can’t be taken for granted by ourselves.

“I’ve always said that professional footballers are their own managers in the way that they look after themselves when they’re away from the club.

“I’m sure Macclesfield players are, a. putting themselves in the shop window with things not going well at the club financially and b. making sure they’re going about their approach to this game professionally as professional athletes should.

“Players have got to look after themselves and this won’t be a game that we are taking for granted or lightly.

“They have had a few draws recently so it is going to be a tough challenge but one that we’re looking forward to on the back of a good away win.” 


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