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Clarke: "I was pleased with the performance"

12 October 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke was pleased with his side’s performance against Colchester United on Saturday but insists there is still room for improvement.

The Saddlers came from behind to earn a point thanks to Elijah Adebayo’s strike as both sides maintained their unbeaten starts.

Clarke’s men had some good opportunities to win the game and the Saddlers boss feels his side need to be more clinical but he was pleased to see his team significantly improve their performance from their previous outing.

“I’m a lot more pleased with the performance than I was last week,” he said.

 “If we play that game again, we win the game.

“We have to be a little bit more ruthless at both ends of the pitch, still plenty to work on, but I thought some of our football was very good.

“Good connections over the pitch, a handful, always trying to win the game, so something to build on.

“We work loads of different patterns and try and give teams other things to think about. Being very respectful of Colchester as well because they can hurt you on the counter-attack, they have plenty of pace in the team.

“They got their goal on the counter attack with a bit of slack play from ourselves.

“In general, pleased with the performance but disappointed with only a point.”

Adebayo scored his second of the season and his 10th as a Saddlers player.

Clarke hopes the striker can continue to grow but was impressed with his display.

"I thought him and Lavery looked really bright,” Clarke commented.

"He'll be disappointed Eli, the header is a good chance for him, but he certainly was a handful for their two back lads.

"Hopefully he keeps growing in his performances.

"I've said a lot of things to him, I'm sure Eli will be very, very honest in that.

"That's my job and my coaching staff's job, to make sure we get the best out of certain individuals.”

The Saddlers quickly turn their attention to tomorrow's rearranged game against Leyton Orient. 

Watch the game live on iFollow by purchasing a match pass for £10 here. 

Kick-off is at 7pm. 

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