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Clarke: 'It was a good battling performance'

18 September 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has praised his team for their ‘battling performance’ against Morecambe.

The Saddlers picked up their first win since the opening day of the season as Stuart Sinclair’s early strike saw the visitors take all three points back to the Midlands on Tuesday night.

Clarke was pleased with how his players responded under pressure and praised the way they fought to claim an important victory.

“It was a good battling performance,” said Clarke.

“We came here with a bit of pressure on the boys to respond after losing against Bradford.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved the points on the night but we don’t get carried away, we take the three points and we move on.”

As well as picking up their second victory of the campaign, it was also a fourth clean sheet in the league (their fifth in all competitions). 

Clarke was delighted with another solid defensive display but admitted there is still work to be done going forward.

“It was a really strong defensive performance from our lads,” he commented.

“It’s a fourth clean sheet in nine league games but we know we need to be putting teams to bed earlier and do better but we take the three points and try and take it into Saturday’s game.”

A total of 232 Saddlers fans made the long trip to the Globe Arena and Clarke praised them for their outstanding support and is hoping the club can now continue to reward them with more positive results.

“They’ve been absolutely fantastic. We haven’t given them much to smile about as of yet,” said Clarke.

“We owe the fans. We’ve had a bad start and have a disappointing points return in the first nine games.

"Do the performances warrant better? I think so but we’re judged on results. The fans can enjoy it but we’ve got to go and back that up on Saturday.

”We keep working hard as a club and as a staff and a group of players to put more smiles on their faces.

Walsall take on Scunthorpe United at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday.                                                        


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