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Clarke aiming to build on Morecambe victory

19 September 2019

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has called on his team to build on their victory against Morecambe and put together a consistent run of results.

The Saddlers earned their first win since the opening day of the season on Tuesday night and will be looking to secure their first home victory of the season when they take on Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

 

Clarke revealed that the celebrations didn’t last too long after the victory over the Shrimps and quickly turned his attentions to trying to follow up the win by building some momentum.

 

"We're not getting carried away to be honest,” said Clarke.

 

“Nothing changes really, we're disappointed with our points return, it's nice to get a win but we're looking for that consistency, with results. 

 

"Wins for managers last about 30 seconds, even after the game.

 

“There were no high-fives and all of that after the game. While the lads got a 20 second pat on the back, the rest of the talk was about making sure we back it up on Saturday.”

 

Walsall picked up their fourth clean sheet in the league on Tuesday, their fifth in all competitions.

 

Clarke has been pleased with the team’s defensive record this term but he insists there is plenty of room for improvement and he's not resting on his laurels.

 

"You're out there coaching, working, trying to make players better, that's the end game,” Clarke commented.


“You keep working with players, improving them, not just tactically and technically, but mentally as well, making sure that they're mentally in the right frame of mind to go out there and perform. 

 

"The defensive record I think we can be quite proud of after nine games, that's not just the defenders, that's the whole team working very, very hard to keep clean sheets. 

 

"It's a platform to build on but we have so many areas we need to keep improving on - but I'd be saying that if we were in the top 10 to be honest.”

 

The Saddlers boss feels there are some similarities between his team and Scunthorpe.

 

Paul Hurst’s side have also come down from League One and have found life difficult so far.

 

They have picked up four points from their last two games and Clarke believes the two clubs are in similar situations in terms of a rebuilding process

 

"All managers need time,” he commented.

 

“There's so many experts now in the world where managers don't get that time, you don't need to prove anything to anybody, he (Paul Hurst) has gone in with a squad full of players already there so it will probably take two or three windows to make that football club right, a similar scenario here. 

 

"It doesn't happen overnight, there are no quick fixes out there.

 

“They'll be pleased that they've got a couple results now and they'll be moving in that direction, I certainly see them nowhere near the bottom of the table when the end of the season comes.”


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