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Clarke: "I'll be ready to pick my players up"

30 December 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke says the players will be picked up and ready to go again when they take on Carlisle United on Saturday.

The Saddlers slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Scunthorpe United at the Banks's Stadium on Tuesday night on a frustrating evening that saw Josh Gordon have a penalty saved.

Clarke insists the team will be ready to go again and feels there is still a long way to go with plenty of points stiill up for grabs.

"We have 25 games left of the season to go, there's plenty of points to play for,” said Clarke.

"I'll pick myself up and I'll be ready to pick my players up.

"I've picked a very attack-minded team with three centre forwards to start the game.

"In the first half we took a bit of time to get going and in the second half there was only one team that looked like winning the football game.

"But that's football. We'll go away and analyse it, take the good and bad bits and go again.”

George Nurse made his return from injury but Saddlers goalkeeper Jack Rose was forced off with in the second half.

Walsall were also without the injured Rory Holden but Clarke insists he won’t be using injuries an excuse but admitted it was a frustrating evening.

"It was just one of those nights where things didn't quite go for us,” said Clarke.

"It's nice to see Nursey back getting some minutes under his belt.

"There's a concern with Holden, you can see him on crutches at the minute. We need that scan to see where we are with that.

"It's disappointing that Jack Rose has had to come off injured as well.

"We're not going to use injuries as an excuse. Nine times out of 10 we win that game but we didn't win, so we have to react.”

The Saddlers turn their attention to Saturday’s match against Carlisle United at the Banks’s Stadium.

You can watch the match live on iFollow by purchasing a match pass here.


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