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Clarke praises Saddlers character

16 December 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke praised his players for their character after Tuesday night’s victory over Oldham Athletic.

The Saddlers came out on top in an entertaining game at Boundary Park thanks to Josh Gordon’s penalty, an own goal and Elijah Adebayo’s strike.

After going 2-0 up, Walsall were pegged back to 2-2 but regrouped to go again and get the winner.

Clarke praised his team for their response after Oldham’s equaliser and was pleased that his side added another three points to their tally.

“It’s about getting the W at the end of the game isn’t it,” Clarke said.

“2-0 up and they always look dangerous, they’re a good side and have scored a lot of goals this season.

“They’re always an attacking threat but so are we.

“It’s pleasing that we’re adding goals to our games now and our attacking play.

“When you go 2-0 up and it goes back to 2-2 everybody is fearing the worst, but my lads went again.

“That just shows the character amongst the group is there. That’s quite a few points now from coming back.

“To go again and get the winner, I’m delighted with them.”

Gordon netted from the spot on his first start while Adebayo scored his eighth of the season, equalling his tally for the whole of last season but Clarke was keen point out the collective effort from all players involved at Boundary Park.

“It was good play and another goal from the big fella,” he commented.

“The big fella is doing well. The goalscorers always get the credit but look at players like (Liam) Kinsella and (Alfie) Bates and their last few performances in midfield.

“There’s been some good performances from the group of players and collectively now in the final third in the last few games we’ve done what we haven’t been doing this season and that’s finishing more of our opportunities.

“It’s nice to have Josh (Gordon) back as well. The lads that have come on have done well as well.

“We have to keep going. It’s been a good couple of days for us and it’s nice to get a few wins on the bounce but we have to reset now.

“We’ll enjoy it and then get back to work.”

The Saddlers now turn their attention to Saturday’s game against Port Vale.

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

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