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Clarke: 'We're not getting carried away'

3 October 2019

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke insists he won’t let his players rest on their laurels and is striving for more improvement from his team.

The Saddlers have won four games on the spin in all competitions after a positive September.

Clarke has been pleased by the turnaround of form but wants to see more from his players. He also stressed they are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

"There's nobody getting carried away,” said Clarke.

“The players know my feelings, they're well aware that I want better and I want more. 

"Results have been good over the last couple weeks but we want better performances and better results as well. 

“If you're asking me are we anywhere near the standard that I want to get this club at, which isn’t going to happen overnight, the answer is no.”

The Saddlers boss has a flexible squad at his disposal which has proved to useful in recent weeks.

Zak Jules has filled in a left-back, James Clarke has also slotted in at right-back at times while Liam Kinsella and Gary Liddle have featured in a number of different positions.

Given his squads versatility, Clarke says all the players are in his thoughts when it comes to selection.

“They're all in my mindset,” he stated.

"They're all training hard, next game, next project, it's what it's all about. 

"Picking a team to the best of my ability to win the game and have options on the bench to change it if need be and that's the way I work.”

Walsall take on newly promoted Salford City who are still finding their feet in the EFL.

Despite their slow start, Clarke believes Salford, backed by the Class of 92, will competing in the top half sooner rather than later.

“I think they'll be a team challenging in the top 10 of this division,” he said.

“You look at the personnel they have in the team and squad, with an experienced manager, In don't think they'll be far away even though they might not be pleased with the start they've had. 

"The conference is the hardest league to get out of bar none and to do it the way they did it last year is a massive pat on the back for themselves, the owners and the manager. 

"It'll be a tough game, they've got good names in the squad and I'm sure they'll be picking up results sooner rather than later, but hopefully not Saturday.”

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