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Clarke: "Our performance wasn't good enough"

5 October 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke admitted his team’s performance was not at the required level against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

The Saddlers took the lead after 14 minutes through Caolan Lavery but Rovers dominated from that point and equalised through Jamille Matt.

Clarke felt his team were fortunate to take a point from the game and he was disappointed with the performance.

“I look at our performance and it wasn’t good enough,” Clarke admitted.

“We were just sloppy.

“We probably had 15-20 minutes of the 90-minute game when we were looking after things and working things but we were nowhere near it today - it was an off day.

“What I will say is that when you have an off day you try and pick something up and we did that.

“There are no excuses. It’s not the formation, we went 1-0 up with the formation.

“I am searching for answers because the quality of that performance wasn’t good enough.

“Never mind what formation or what shape you play, if you keep giving the ball away you are not going to get in a football match.

“We found ourselves penned in because a lot of time we weren’t great on the transition of the ball.

“Then you search for answers and go a little bit more attack minded but we were still sloppy.

“It’s a lucky point, we’ll take a point.

“If I am being honest with you, I think in the majority of games we have played this season we have been the better team.

“We weren’t (against Forest Green) but we will take the point.”

The Saddlers are set to embark on a busy month, starting with three home games in the space of seven days against Colchester United, Leyton Orient and Exeter City.

Clarke is keen to have a solid week on the training pitch to right the wrongs from Saturday and is looking to build on his side’s unbeaten start to the campaign with three important home matches on horizon.

“We have got three home games, it’s not all doom and gloom,” he said.

“I am frustrated and my players know my frustrations

“We are unbeaten this season and haven’t lost a game since February 1st but we have to be better than that performance.

“I am not going to paint over the fact that Forest Green were the much better side and should have won the game.

“We got a lucky point but we take that point into three games from Saturday.

“Hopefully more of my players turn up next Saturday.

“We are going to have a really hard intense week on the training ground that’s for sure because I’m not taking that sort of performance.”

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