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Clarke looks ahead to Newport challenge

11 February 2020

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke is expecting a hard battle at Newport County this evening.

The Saddlers play their second away game in three days against the Exiles as they look to build on Saturday’s victory at Forest Green Rovers.

Michael Flynn’s side are 13th, one place above the Saddlers, and Clarke has praised his counterpart for the job he’s done in South Wales and expects to face a well-drilled side.

"Flynny (Michael Flynn) does a cracking job there and we know we'll have to head a lot of balls out of our box,” Clarke said.

"Long throws on each side, we know we'll have to have our tin hats on.

"That's not being negative towards Newport at all because they can play some good stuff as well.

"We'll try and win every game.”

Given the quick turnaround, Clarke revealed he may need to freshen the team up after their hard-earned victory at Forest Green.

“I’ll need to freshen it up a little bit on Tuesday and have a look at that next project.

“I have to be careful; I can’t afford players to be out for long periods of time.

“People think it’s me tinkering, it’s not, a lot of the time you have to be cautious with players that are coming back from injury.

 “But it’s certainly not be trying to be clever, I know people sometimes get the wrong end of the stick with what I do and what I try and do.”


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