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Clarke eyeing response against Scunthorpe

28 December 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke is looking for a response from his team when they take on Scunthorpe United tomorrow evening.

The Saddlers fell to a 2-0 defeat to Salford City on Boxing Day which ended a run of four consecutive victories.

For all their efforts, Clarke felt his side lacked a bit of quality and composure against Salford and he is looking for his team to put that right against Scunthorpe tomorrow night.

“I am looking for a response from my team on Tuesday but not for one minute against Salford was there a lack of effort, endeavour and going about our business,” said Clarke.

“We asked them quite a few questions and they know that they have had a tough game but we have just got to make sure we defend better and have a bit of quality in the final third.

“We have got to have a bit more composure because it got quite scruffy in the second half with players lacking a little bit of composure in the right areas. The pitch wasn’t great so we went a lot longer than we normally would but that composure in the final third was missing.”

The Iron come into the game sitting 20th in Sky Bet League Two after they suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Mansfield Town on Boxing Day.

Clarke has called on his team to reset ahead of the game and insists that no team should be taken lightly regardless of their league position.

“It’s immaterial where teams are in the table when you look at the results (on Boxing Day),” Clarke stressed.

“I have said it before, you have got to earn the right to win every game in this league, it doesn’t matter where teams are in the table, you have just got to reset yourself and go again.

“There are no gimmies in this league, we know that Scunthorpe are going to be a very tough game like every single one of our remaining games is going to be.

“We have built ourselves a platform but there are only 20 games gone, there is still another 26 games to go this season and there is going to be bumps in the road.

“We have now got to make sure we reset and refocus ourselves and hopefully we can get one or two of our injured players back and get ready to go again at home against Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.”

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Kick-off is at 7pm.

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