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Clarke: 'We're building a platform'

24 September 2019

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke says the team are building a platform after collecting six points from their previous two games.

The Saddlers climbed to 16th in Sky Bet League Two after their win over Scunthorpe United on Saturday.


Clarke feels Walsall are getting the basics right which has given them a platform to continue building the club.


“Six points in a week, I’m happy with that, we’re building a platform for a football club," said Clarke.


“We’re getting the basics right, strong, resolute, team want to win, really working hard for the shirt - which is the basics, they’re not given in football to be honest, but they should be.”


The win came at a cost for the Saddlers as Caolan Lavery had to be withdrawn after picking up an injury midway through the first half.


Walsall have a handful of players injured and Clarke revealed he’s exploring the possibility of bringing in a free agent.


 “I’m certainly not ruling myself out of the free transfer market, because we need that bit more quality and pushing other players as well,” he said.


“Lavs (Caolan Lavery) pulled his hamstring, third game in a week, we have Elijah (Adebayo) who is out injured, Shay Facey’s out injured. 


“We have some young players here, inexperienced players, so we’ll keep looking at that avenue.”


Walsall have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season after a difficult start to the campaign.


Clarke and his team have been putting the hours in to try and turn results around and he has praised the fans for their patience and super support.


“To be honest I think they’ve (the fans) cut me a lot of slack,” Clarke admitted.


“They’ve been great with me personally; I think they know my passion, my desire. 


“It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, it’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed. 


“That’s why my wife doesn’t like me very much, my kids don’t like me very much, but I put my heart and soul into the job.


“That’s what you have to do as a football manager, this is my club now, I want to do well for the supporters and we’ll use this as another building block.”

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