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Clarke: We must focus on ourselves

30 October 2020

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke is expecting his side to go to Mansfield Town this weekend and focus on their own jobs rather than letting the fact that the home side sacked their manager in the week get the better of them.

Clarke is well aware that Mansfield will receive a boost this weekend with a caretaker manager coming in to take charge of the game on Saturday but he wants his side to focus on themselves and make sure they get their jobs done.


"They were one of the favourites for promotion this season,” said Clarke.


“They have a healthy squad and healthy budget. 


"They haven't had the start they'd like and it's always disappointing for managers to lose their job, it's never nice to see but that's the brutal world that we managers know we're in.


"That's the way the footballing world is and I'm sure Graham will bounce back. I know Graham, he's a strong character and he'll learn from it. 


"That's what you have to do when you get setbacks in life and football, learn from it and try and move forward, which I'm sure Graham and Mansfield will do. 


"As a football club they're not in a position they want to be. It's probably come at an awkward time for us as they get a fresh impetus and a little bit of a boost but we have to go there and do our job. 


“We have got to show what we're about and focus on our performance. You only have to look at their squad to know the talent they have. 


"They're massively underachieving at the moment and they’re not hit their heights, so you have to be wary and respectful of that. 


"We also have to make sure the focus is on us and about what we do. A new caretaker manager comes in and you can't second guess what they'll be about. 


"You have to focus that our performance is better than what we performed the other night.”

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