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Darrell Clarke left frustrated by Bradford City point

21 October 2020

Club News

Darrell Clarke left frustrated by Bradford City point

21 October 2020

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke was left a little frustrated following his sides 1-1 draw with Bradford City on Tuesday night, insisting it should have been all three points rather than the one they picked up.

Despite extending their unbeaten run to a staggering 12 league games now, Clarke cut a frustrated figure after the match because of how well his team had defended throughout the game.

Bradford, who have only lost once at home in the league since November 2019, piled on the pressure in the second half and Clarke gave them credit for the way they came out and attacked in the second half.

“I’m frustrated to be honest with you, it should be three points,” said Clarke.

“We come to Bradford, who have lost one game in a calander year, and you know you’ll be put under pressure in the second half and we’ve defended our box superbly. 

“We haven’t done enough at the top end of the pitch unfortunately. We were a little bit slack in possession, but you know they’re going to come at you and I thought we were resolute and we defended really well as a team. 

“It’s an individual error for the penalty and that’s cost us the three points at the end of the day. 

“We like to play the pressing game but give Bradford a bit of credit, they’re unbeaten for a long time here and they’re always going to ask you questions.

"I thought we dealt with those questions and their only danger was the set piece.

"We had a lot of little decisions go the other side, that can sometimes happen in football but we have to look at it as a positive (result).

"I want to be winning games not drawing games but at Bradford, a point, any day of the week you'd take that and we move on.”

Defender George Nurse scored his first goal for the club with a thunderous 25-yard strike and Clarke admitted that the on-loan full-back does it a lot in training.

"It's a great strike from Nursey, he's been doing that in training a lot,” Clarke continued. 

“It’s a  great finish. He's growing isn't he, he's had a great start to his Walsall career and he's finding his feet.”

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