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Clarke: "We'll go and give it our best shot"

10 January 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke insists past endeavours guarantee nothing ahead of his team’s trip to Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The Saddlers are back on the road where they’ve picked up some impressive results this season.

Their most recent came against Salford City, who Walsall leapfrogged with victory but Clarke is expecting a difficult game and has stressed his team can’t rest on their laurels.

"I don't worry about past endeavours to be honest,” he said.

"Just focus on the game, Cheltenham are right up there pushing for the top seven this season.

"I thought they were one of the better teams that came to our ground, it was a good game on the day.

"They pipped us there so we'll be looking for a little bit of revenge if we possibly can.

"We'll go and give it our best shot.”

Walsall climbed into the top half after their 2-1 victory at Salford last weekend.

The Saddlers form has picked up in recent weeks having lost just one of their last nine league games and Clarke is looking for the consistent run of results to continue.

"It's a results-based business,” added Clarke.

"The boys, over a consistent eight- or nine-week period now, are finding ways to win football matches.

"That's what it's all about.

"We have to keep continuing to do that.

"Whichever way that may be, with the ball on the deck or being competitive, normally it's a mixture of both.

"We just have to keep our focus and keep working away.

"Games of football are won on such fine lines.

"The mentality of the group is in the high percentage of how you win games.

"I think that'll always be the case with an element of 10, 15 per cent luck.

"Luck being injuries, suspensions.

"Luck as in, hitting the post or going in the inside of the post and going in.

"A decision where the referee gets it wrong.

"For me, mentality is a big percentage of how you get results.

"Certainly, a percentage of luck is in there but also for me, tactically as well obviously.”

"It's a word I've used a lot of people are probably sick of hearing, but for me it's what it's about, the mentality of the individual.

"It's about working away and building on that when you're on a good run or a bad run.

"We'll keep focusing on that as well as the work we need to do on the training pitch.

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