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Clarke: "The lads are frustrated"

26 October 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke says there is frustration in the camp after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Barrow.

Caolan Lavery scored a brace as the Saddlers twice came from behind to earn a point and stretch their unbeaten run to 13 games in the league.

It was Walsall’s sixth draw in eight league games and while Clarke was pleased with his side’s commitment and endeavour, he was frustrated with the result and how his team started the game. He’s also keen to start turning draws into victories.

"I'm never happy to take a point, we're drawing too many games as it stands,” said Clarke.

"It's a frustration really because we didn't start the game well in the first 15/20 minutes.

"A soft penalty and then we're chasing and then chasing again. When you score two goals you should be winning football matches, you should be getting three points in the bag.

"We've hit the post and we've had numerous balls go across the box. We have to channel this frustration. The lads are frustrated which is a good sign.

"The obvious is making sure we turn these draws into wins, not defeats.

“It was a committed performance by my lads. Plenty of energy, endeavour and I thought we finished the game fitter.

“The games are coming thick and fast and we keep the unbeaten run.

"These draws look good if we can string two or three wins together.”

Clarke was pleased with his side’s adaptability after he made a couple of tweaks during the game.

He was particularly impressed with Lavery and Elijah Adebayo who both caused problems for the Bluebirds.

"I thought the front two worked very hard and were a constant threat,” Clarke commented.

“We have that in our forward-thinking players, we just have to make sure we're not sloppy defensively as a team.

"You don't want to get in the habit of conceding two goals and we've conceded two sloppy, preventable goals today.

"We have to keep going, it's such a tight league, it always has been.

"A lot of teams can get in amongst it and I'm certain with the quality we have and the changes we can make at times, we have that adaptability that can come to every place and give teams a really good game.”

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