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Clarke: 'We've got to be thoroughly professional'

28 February 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has called on his team to be thoroughly professional when they take on Stevenage tomorrow.

The Saddlers will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to five games against League Two’s bottom club.

Alex Revell’s side have lost their last seven league games but Clarke feels they’ve have been unfortunate in a handful of those games and is still expecting a tough test.

“Stevenage are in a position that they don’t want to be in but they’ll be fighting for their lives,” he said.

“I’ve watched their last three or four games and to be honest with you, they’ve deserved a lot more from the games so we certainly aren’t going to go down there thinking it’s going to be an easy game, as with any League Two game.

“Any professional game is not easy so we’ve got to be thoroughly professional about how we go about our business in this game which is a potential banana skin.”

The Saddlers are currently 15th in League Two with 11 games still to play. The Saddlers have lost just five of their last 18 league games and Clarke is keen to see that consistency continue between now and the end of the season.

“It’s about winning football games. It’s about winning the next game and that comes Saturday at Stevenage so nothing really changes from my point of view.

“Like I have said and repeated over previous weeks, the lads are working hard, In the last 18 games in the run we’ve had we’ve been pretty consistent so we’re looking to continue that for the rest of the season.

“I thought in the second half against Port Vale for 30 minutes we were absolutely outstanding, we played some really good football on the front foot and we want to get more phases through that over the next 11 games.”


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