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Clarke: "I think it will be an entertaining game"

9 October 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke is expecting an entertaining affair when his team take on Colchester United at the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow.

Both sides are unbeaten in the league so far this season and will be aiming to build momentum for the busy month ahead.

Clarke believes both sides will both be strong going forward and is fully respectful of Colchester’s credentials after they competed in the play-offs last season.

"They made the play-offs last year, they're a top seven team, they've continued that this season,” Clarke said.

"They have good players. We respect every team that we play against but we'll be trying to get on the front foot.

"We've got good players, so I think it will be an entertaining game.

"I don't want to curse it, but I think they have very good forward-thinking players and likewise so have we.

"Hopefully it's a good game to watch on the eye but at the end of the day I don't care how we do it, we want to win the game.”

Clarke was not too please with last week’s performance in Walsall’s 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers but he has been pleased with how his players, staff and supporters have pulled together during these difficult times.

He remains focused on returning to winning ways but stressed the importance of maintaining the community spirit of football club.

“It’s important that everybody buys into that and buys into the fact that this is a community football club and we want to bring it together, I think that helps from the top, from the board and filters all the way down through the club.

“Everyone’s trying to do their bit to help in these circumstances and I’m certainly proud of everyone and proud of my staff to help along the way. We know the main thing is for this football club to still be standing after these awful times.

“Everybody is doing their bit, none more so than the supporters as well, the support we’ve had is phenomenal. From my management team and my players as well, everybody is doing their best for the football club but we certainly can’t take our eye off that it’s about winning football matches.

“I get out of bed in the morning to win football games and that’s where the hard work needs to keep being thinking and if you’re winning football games then you’ve got a much happier football club.”

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