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Clarke: 'Every game's a project'

26 September 2019

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke is treating every game as a project as he looks to steer the Saddlers up the League Two table.

Clarke’s side take on Crawley Town on Saturday, looking for their third successive win.


The Walsall boss says his team are fully focused on the task on that hand and will go into the game in good spirits after recent results and a good week on the training ground.


"We go there full of confidence,” said Clarke.


 “We’ve had back to back wins which is nice, which is important, I'm going to try and keep that little run going. 


"We work that every game is different, different game, different project and then we come in, we analyse that, the good, the bad and we move on. 


"Take the next game, take that opportunity in the next game and that's when you focus, because you can get overconfident as well. 


"The structure we like to work on means that that’s been put to bed a long time ago, we're working for Crawley. 


"Naturally, winning football matches breeds confidence, but players should be confident anyway, that's the job.”


Crawley have made a fine start to the season.


They are unbeaten in eight in all competitions and have reached the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, a campaign that started with a 3-2 victory over Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium.


Clarke hasn’t been surprised by their strong start to the campaign and is expecting them to come into the game with their tales up.


"They have momentum, he commented.


“They're still in the cup, good comeback against Northampton last week as well.


"They've had a very, very good start to the season which hasn't surprised me to be honest.


"I thought when they came to us in the cup they were very good, an attacking force, caused us a lot of problems, but we caused them a lot of problems. 


Walsall will be looking for their third consecutive win but Clarke insists they won’t be getting carried away and feels there’s plenty of work still to be done.


"It's a pleasing week for us, we'll certainly not get carried away,” he said.


"We're a million miles away from where I want to be taking this club. 


"A million miles away was never going to happen in the first two, three months of my reign here. 


"It's going to take a bit to get us where we need to be, but a positive week and that's good.” 

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