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Darrell Clarke frustrated after Stevenage draw

3 December 2020

Club News

Darrell Clarke frustrated after Stevenage draw

3 December 2020

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke was left frustrated after his side’s 1-1 draw with Stevenage last night.

The Saddlers came from behind thanks to Josh Gordon’s 90th minute penalty to salvage a point at the Banks’s Stadium.

Clarke felt his team lacked quality, particularly in the second half and he was frustrated that they couldn’t make their dominance count in the opening 45 minutes.

“In the first half I thought we were dominant but lacking that quality,” said Clarke.

“I’m very frustrated. We got in good areas.

“In the second half, what do we do, we shoot ourselves in the foot don’t we.

“We gave another poor goal away and we’re chasing.

“I’m sick of managing on the sidelines feeling frustrated and having to change things to try and freshen things up. That’s why I made the four subs early doors.

“We were very patchy in the second half but the lads kept going and we got the penalty.”

Gordon returned from injury after seven weeks out and netted the equaliser from the spot to mark his comeback with a goal.

Clarke was delighted to welcome the striker back and believes his comeback, alongside Rory Holden who is set to return after a one-match ban, will boost Walsall's attack.

"It was fantastic (to see him back),” Clarke commented.

"He has a good effort and the goalkeeper makes a good save.

"Josh will give us that boost.

"If we keep him fit and get Holden back in, hopefully we can start being a lot more threatening going forward.

"We're getting the ball into those areas a lot of the time. We'll be up in the stats for crosses, set pieces, shots, entries into the final third.

"The amount of times I've said that this season. You can lead a horse to water - but we have to find that bit of quality.”

The Saddlers now turn their attention to Saturday’s trip to Tranmere Rovers.

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