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Clarke left frustrated after Orient defeat

14 October 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke was left frustrated after his side’s second half collapse at Leyton Orient.

Despite leading at half time, the Saddlers fell to a 3-1 defeat in East London on Saturday, their second successive loss.

Clarke was disappointed in the manner the Saddlers conceded goals but he was particularly frustrated that his team couldn’t score a second goal despite enjoying the majority of the possession.

“The biggest thing for me is when you’re in control of a game, to really be clinical and finish your chances and we haven’t done that,” said Clarke.

“We’ve given a sloppy second goal away, their left-back has scored a great goal with his right foot, they haven’t really created many opportunities and got us on the counter a little bit. 

“The last two games you concede six goals in two games and you’re not going to win football matches. Three or four of those goals have been individual mistakes.  Every goal you can look at two or three things in the build up but we’ve handed them on a plate, so it’s been frustrating.”

Walsall will be looking to bounce back when they take on Cheltenham Town at the Banks’s Stadium this weekend.

Clarke has called for the players to prove themselves to him and is keen to see the Saddlers improve their home form.

“It's at home where we really have to get ourselves going,” insists Clarke.

"That isn't up to the fans to get us going, it's up to us to get them going. People need to show character and belief to get on the ball and to work things like I see every day in training.

“It's the second quarter of the season, we got 15 points in the first quarter, I'll make four, five changes, no bones about it. They have to show me that they're going to be top seven League Two players.

“The focus needs to quickly go onto next Saturday where we have to start our home form and be consistent at home.”

You can purchase tickets for Saturday’s game against Cheltenham by calling the ticket office on 01922 651 414/416 or by visiting our e-ticketing site.


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