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Clarke: Players will be getting opportunities

20 December 2019

Club News

Clarke: Players will be getting opportunities

20 December 2019

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke says his squad are prepared for the hectic Christmas schedule and stressed the importance of utilising the entire squad.

The Saddlers begin the festive period with a long trip to Exeter City tomorrow afternoon.

Clarke revealed the Christmas period could present players who haven’t been starting regularly an opportunity to impress and the Saddlers boss insists that the team a ready for the upcoming run of matches.

"I think its six games in 17 days or something like that,” he said.

"There's a lot of planning and preparation that's been put in place to make sure we see ourselves over the next two or three weeks. 

"We're not the biggest squad in the world. 

"Put one or two injuries and illness into that and players will be getting the opportunity.

"With the load on players as well and the amount of games coming up. 

"Every time you put the shirt on as a footballer you have the chance to impress. 

"Opinions can quickly change on players.

"It can also build confidence and momentum into individuals as well as the team.”

The Saddlers take on Exeter who are currently second in Sky Bet League Two.

Walsall are unbeaten in their last four league games but Clarke stressed that there is still room for improvement.

"It's one defeat in nine, eight points in the last four league games as well,” Clarke added.

"But there's a lot of work to be done, I keep stressing that. 

"The window is going to be important for us, moving it forward. 

"It's a very tight league, I don't necessarily think it's the strongest league in the world if I'm honest.

"I think it's tight as in most of the teams are very similar.”

Tickets have now gone off sale from the Ticket Office but Saddlers fans can purchase tickets on the day at St James Park but there will be a £1 increase.

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