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Clarke frustrated after Morecambe draw

20 January 2021

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke was left frustrated after his side’s draw with Morecambe on Tuesday evening.

The Saddlers took the lead in the first half through Josh Gordon but Carlos Mendes-Gomes levelled for the Shrimps with 10 minutes to go.

Clarke felt his side were close to producing a perfect away display but was disappointed his side were unable to leave the Mazuma Stadium with a victory.

“I’m disappointed it’s not the three points,” Clarke said.

“We’ve missed a couple of guilt-edged chances and we should have had a penalty.

“The effort is there, commitment, and we defended really well on a tough night with the conditions.

“It’s nearly a perfect away performance but ‘nearly’ has been a word we’ve used too much this season.

“It’s been a bit frustrating but we keep working away and trying to get as many points as we possibly can.

“We were 1-0 up against Oldham and we don’t see the game out for whatever reason. Whether that’s our ruthlessness in front of goal.

“The big fella (Elijah Adebayo) has had a great chance one-on-one, Wes (McDonald) has had a great chance.

“Norman gets us a good penalty that turns into a free-kick.

“The goal was a really quality goal from ourselves, some great passing and reaction from Josh Gordon to get the first.”

After losing three games on the spin, Clarke has been pleased that his team has recovered and put in some encouraging performances against Oldham Athletic and Morecambe.

Despite earning two draws, the Saddlers boss was frustrated that his side didn’t pick up more points from those games but he was particularly disappointed that his team weren’t awarded a penalty in the second half at the Mazuma Stadium.

“It is (a clear penalty) but officials don’t mean to make mistakes,” Clarke commented.

“We get frustrated with them. I want to win so much for my club, but they’re only human beings.

“They’re (Morecambe) screaming for a penalty late doors which might have been one but for me that was the game changer. If we get the penalty, tuck that in, it’s 2-0 and game over.

“That’s football, but the fact of the matter is the linesman has to help him out. He’s 12 yards away from the incident and he can clearly see it’s inside the box.

“He has to be able to see that and if we get that it’s 2-0 and game over. I don’t think they even get the one goal then.

“Ifs and buts isn’t it.

"We're disappointed it's not six points but we have to keep chipping away and see where we end up, with the injuries we have on top of that.

"We've managed to come back well after those three defeats and get a couple of performances where we're getting there again.

"We had to quickly put those disappointing defeats behind us but we're just frustrated that's not four or six points in the last two games.

"We'll go to Port Vale now and try and get another three points. Every game is winnable and you have to find a different way to win football games.”

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