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Darrell Clarke pleased with work rate & application against Bristol Rovers

9 September 2020

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke was pleased to see his side pick up two points in the opening game in the EFL Trophy against his former side Bristol Rovers.

Defender Zak Jules put the Saddlers on level terms with his first goal for the club before Josh Gordon put us in the lead, only for Jonah Ayunga to level things up again.

With the score level at the final whistle, we went to a penalty shootout for the second match in a row, with Gordon scoring the winning penalty.

And once again Clarke was really pleased with the work rate and application from his side.

“I’m pleased with the result,” said Clarke. “I have three lads making their debut and they’ve only trained two or three days with us. 

“Yet again the work rate and application was there. We were a little bit sloppy at times and I’m a bit disappointed with the two goals that we conceded. 

“The lads gave me everything and I thought we played some good stuff at times. We mixed our game up quite well and I’m pleased to win it on pens.

“I like my teams to epitomise what I’m all about, never giving in, having great work rate and desire. 

“I thought we showed that against Rovers and showed it Saturday.

“Bear in mind we’ve had a real tough game Saturday against a Championship team in Sheffield Wednesday and spent a lot of time with the ball. 

“The energy levels yet again were very good.”

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