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Players maintain belief insists James Clarke

4 December 2020

Walsall captain James Clarke insists the squad remain confident that they can have a successful season in Sky Bet League Two ahead of tomorrow’s clash away at in-form Tranmere Rovers.

The Saddlers are six without a win in all competitions but have drawn their last two matches against Stevenage and league leaders Newport County.

Clarke says the team have been working hard in training to improve their performances and stressed the players maintain belief.

"We're having a bit of a sticky patch but we all have the belief to do well this season,” said Clarke.

"All the lads are working hard every day to get there. We're not there yet but from what I see in training every day, I believe the players can do it.

"It's a matter of digging our heels in, working hard in training and correcting these errors that we're making.”

The 31-year-old was pleased that the team managed to fight back to earn a draw against Stevenage on Wednesday night but was also left frustrated that they couldn’t make their first half dominance count.

"The other night was probably one of the most dominant first half performances I've been involved in for a long time, but we didn't have anything to show for it,” Clarke commented.

"We came in at 0-0 and worst case scenario we were thinking this game finishes 0-0 and then we give ourselves a mountain to climb.

"Credit to the boys they dug in and we kept going and probably should have had a penalty before the one we got.

"We don't really want to look back but if we do, quite a few of the draws we should have won.

"It's better to have drawn than lost them."

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