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Clarke: 'We have to do better in the next 10 games'

2 November 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has called on his side to improve on their points total from their first 10 games in their next 10 games and insists he wants more from his team.

The Saddlers made it seven draws out of 10 after they came from behind to earn a point away at Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Clarke was left frustrated to only pick up a draw and is looking for improvement from his team over the next 10 games.

"We have to do better in the next 10 games,” said Clarke.

“I'll sit down with the whole squad and staff and decide where we can all get better, that's myself as well.

"Assess the first 10 games. In that you'll see four penalties conceded, individual sloppy errors for goals, numerous chances missed.

"We have to improve those areas and make sure the next 10 games are stronger points-wise.

“It’s frustrating to be honest. The first 10 games of the season, two wins, seven draws, one loss. I’m not happy with it.

“Some of the performances have been decent but I want more. The lads are under no illusions I want more.”

The Saddlers have come back from behind on numerous occasions this season and while Clarke is pleased with his team’s character and their ability to create chances, he wants his players to cut out sloppy mistakes and ensure they don’t fall behind in matches.

"We have to focus on not giving teams head starts and being able to get that first goal,” he commented.

"That's the key. Penalties given away, pass back for an empty net, a shanked clearance. It's those fine lines in football matches.

"I don't think it's a quality thing because we're creating chances.

"We're getting territory, creating chances, moving the ball.

"Yes, we can always do better and take more of those chances.

"I think there's more to come from my forward players and I know they will. I keep believing in them.

"I have good forward options. We keep working away.”


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