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Darrell Clarke looks ahead to Chelsea Under 21s test

29 September 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke is keen to see his side continue to build some momentum as they return to action in the EFL Trophy against Chelsea Under 21s this evening.

The Saddlers haven’t played for 10 days, since the 2-2 draw away at Harrogate Town, after last Saturday’s match at home to Leyton Orient was called off.

Clarke is expecting a difficult game against a team his side faced last year in the same competition but insists his team is focused on getting the victory to put themselves in a strong position in the group.

“We’ll try and win the game,” said Clarke. “We were disappointed the game was called off on Saturday as we are trying to build a bit of momentum but we’re looking forward to tonight.

“I remember last season they got off to a flyer and we were 2-0 down, I wasn’t happy at half-time but we got the right reaction.

“Two of those young players who played against us last year are now playing regular Premier League football.

“They’ve paid millions for some of these boys so it’s going to be a tough game, we know that, but we are going to try and do what we did last year and win.

“Every game is treated on it’s merit and this is no different. Players want to win, I want to win so it doesn’t matter if there’s prize money or anything on the end of it, the demands are very high at this football club from the manager all the way down to the coaching staff to win football matches so we’ll be going in with the right frame of mind to do that.”

The game will be streamed live on iFollow and passes are now available for £10. You can purchase a video match pass here.

Please note, season ticket holders will not receive a free code for tonight’s game as it is a cup match and not included in your season ticket.

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