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Darrell Clarke pleased with clean sheet against Exeter City

19 October 2020

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke was pleased to see his side keep a clean sheet against a tough Exeter City side as they also extended their unbeaten run to 11 games in the league following a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

In a game that had few chances at either end, Clarke conceded that it was a bit of a cagey affair with both sides cancelling each other out over the course of the 90 minutes.

The best chances of the game came from the inform Elijah Adebayo and summer signing Emmanuel Osadebe but neither side could break the deadlock in the game but Clarke was most pleased that his side kept a much needed clean sheet in the league.

“I asked for a clean sheet today,” said Clarke. “In this run of 10 undefeated, now 11, we’ve only had two clean sheets in that. 

“I knew they were an attacking threat and that they were going to cause us problems. They’ve scored a lot of goals, like ourselves. 

“It was two good teams cancelling each other out on the day but with the clean sheet I thought we defended superbly as a team. 

“It was role reversal from last season’s games, there was respect from both sides. We know they have players that can hurt you and they are lucky for that little bit of quality. 

“I think you could tell it was our third game in a week, they were a bit more fresher at times, but I thought we created the better chances. 

“Eli has had his great header saved, Paddy (Emmanual Osadebe) has had his chance in the first 10 minutes. 

“It was a cagey affair but I thought it was two good teams cancelling each other out.”

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