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Clarke: "We have to stick together"

23 November 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke insists his team must stick together as they look to halt their losing run when they take on Newport County on Tuesday night.

The Saddlers suffered a 3-0 defeat against high-flying Cheltenham Town on Saturday despite an encouraging first half display at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Clarke maintains belief in his squad and feels hard work will help Walsall return to winning ways but stressed the group must stay united.

"We have to stick together as a group,” said Clarke.

"A few kicks in the teeth but our performance was a lot better than our last one (against Southend).

"We're just falling short and it's so frustrating. I think we have the capabilities in the squad to be pushing at the top end, without a shadow of a doubt.

"Until we do the ugly side of the game and be clinical, we're not a good side.

"We have to keep working to be a good side and the only way to do that is hard work.”

The Saddlers travel to league leaders Newport County tomorrow night as they look to bounce back and Clarke wants his team to play on the front foot as they look to pick up three points at Rodney Parade.

"We go there, be positive and try and win the game," Clarke commented.

"You can see from the first half performance (against Cheltenham) we were on the front foot and we're getting after them.

"We'll do exactly the same at Newport and try and win football matches.

"He's (Michael Flynn) done a cracking job there, doing great and I'm sure he's looking to get out the division.

"They've been in the division a few years now and have had good cup runs amongst that.

"They've started pretty well but there's a long old way to go.

"We want to get up there as quickly as we possibly can, we're a bit short at the minute, but League Two hots up in the second half of the season.

"It always has. It's such a tight, close division."

You can watch tomorrow’s match live on iFollow by purchasing a match pass for £10 here.

Kick-Off is at 7pm.


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