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Clarke focused on Southend challenge

5 February 2021

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke focused on tomorrow’s clash with Southend United and insists any team can beat anyone in Sky Bet League Two regardless of league position.

The Saddlers will be looking to build on their 3-1 success at Port Vale a fortnight ago.

Clarke’s men are currently five points off the play-off places and with plenty of football still left to play, the Saddlers boss is keen to focus on their own performances.

"I say it week in week out, whether you're top or bottom of this table, any team can beat anyone,” said Clarke.

"Southend had a good run and then had a dip again but we just have to concentrate on ourselves.

"Make sure we do our job professionally and try and pick up the three points as we always try and do.

"There's a lot of football to be played, a lot of twists and turns.

"We want to focus on us and trying to win our next game.

"It's a boring cliché but you have to focus on that and the performance levels and then move on to the next game.

"That's always the way I've worked to get my success. We don't get too high or too low and always focus on the next project.”

The Saddlers will have two new players at their disposal in deadline day recruits Max Melbourne and Derick Osei Yaw and Clarke gave supporters a flavour into what they could offer.

"Max becomes a natural replacement for Zak Jules at left-back, and he can play left side of a three as well.

"We have him and Cockerill-Mollett competing for that jersey. He has League One experience with Lincoln, albeit not too many games.

"He knows the area being an ex-West Brom lad as well. He's settled in well.

"Derick is one of those that could be anything, to be honest. He's a big lad, a big strapping boy.

"He needs a bit of work, we're well aware of that, but he can score some amazing goals.

"We're looking forward to working with both of those and all the loans we've brought in.”

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