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Clarke aiming to build on positive week

21 February 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has called on his team to build on their positive run when they take on Port Vale tomorrow.

The Saddlers have picked up seven points from their last nine available with victories over Forest Green Rovers and Northampton Town and a draw with Newport County.

Clarke has been pleased with his team’s form over the last couple of months but insists he’s still looking for more consistency and doesn’t want his players to take their foot off the gas.

“My message to the players is to make sure they don’t come off it and build on the positive week that we’ve had,” he said.

“I’m quite pleased of where we’ve been in the last 17 league games but I also want a lot more, a lot more from my players and better consistent results over a long period and that’s the question mark hanging over this group of players with 12 games to go because it changes mindsets of managers and coaching staff because if the last 12 games were to go well, players up for contracts want to finish on a high and we want to start that again this Saturday against Port Vale.”

Saturday’s dramatic victory over the Cobblers was Walsall’s fifth home league win of the season.

Clarke admits that the results at the Banks’s haven’t been good enough this season but hopes last week’s victory can act as a springboard in terms of home performances.

A bumper crowd is expected at the Banks’s with over 2,000 Port Vale fans set to make the short trip and Clarke has welcomed the prospect of a big atmosphere at tomorrow’s match.

“You like an atmosphere at the football games, that’s all we want,” he commented.

 “I must say I don’t think we’ve given our home fans enough to cheer about.

“I think we have away fans who have followed us up and down the country but I don’t think we’ve given enough of those home performances that can get our crowd lifted, albeit I think it’s a good starting point against Northampton how we finished the game so we’re hoping it sets up to be a good atmosphere for both sets of fans.”

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s game to supporters who have a booking history with the club.

There will be a cash turnstile available to home supporters in the Homeserve lower tier only.

Call the Ticket Office on 01922 651 422 or visit our e-ticketing site.


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