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Clarke: "There is a real good desire in the squad"

1 December 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke feels there is good desire in his squad and says his team have recharged the batteries ahead of tomorrow’s match against Stevenage.

The Saddlers are back in action for the first time since their 1-1 draw away at league leaders Newport County last Tuesday as they host Stevenage at 7pm tomorrow evening.

Clarke is pleased with the belief amongst his squad as they aim to get back to winning ways and hopes his team can use the break that they’ve had to their advantage despite being eager to play after picking up a positive result last time out.

"I think the lads were ready to build on the Newport performance, to be honest,” said Clarke.

"It's an enforced break for eight days and we'll try and use it to our advantage with plenty of work and a bit more rest to recharge the batteries.

"I know there's a real good desire in the squad, a real good belief.

"This league can quickly change over the course of three games in a week. Six points, nine points and you're right back in the mix.

"We'll keep believing and stay positive.”

Stevenage come in to the game buoyed by their Emirates FA Cup triumph over League One side Hull City on penalties at the weekend.

Alex Revell’s recent tweak in formation has seen an upturn in results but Clarke is prepared for the challenge and is expecting a close encounter.

"The games in this division are very tight, anything can swing it one way or another,” he commented.

"All teams are very competitive. All teams are fit.

"They've had an extra game and we've had an extra rest but I'm sure they'll be recharged and ready to go.

"They'll be looking to pick up the points like we will be.

"They've changed to a diamond formation at the minute and it's worked in the last two or three games.

"When you're a manager and you're looking for things to change when you haven't started the season as well as you would have liked, you start looking for things and he's done that.

"It's got them more positive results and we need to be aware of that, but we need to concentrate and focus on ourselves.

"Alex was a good player and has just started off in management, so he'll be looking to climb the table.”

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