28/07/2019

"A Good Defensive Performance" - Darrell Clarke Reacts to Tranmere Stalemate

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the press following the Saddlers' pre-season draw with Tranmere Rovers and insisted he was pleased with his side's defensive display, but admitted they must do more in the final third.
Clarke, who will now move on to preparing his team for next weekend's season-opening League Two clash with Northampton Town, has made no secret of his desire to sign another striker before Transfer Deadline Day, and agreed that the team lacked a cutting edge.

The Mansfield-born boss went on to praise several members of his team, including recent recruits Danny Guthrie and Stuart Sinclair, as they were able to prevent Tranmere from grabbing a goal, securing a well-deserved clean sheet heading into Saturday's game with the Cobblers.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "It was a good defensive performance. I just thought the game lacked that quality in the final third to win it so I'm a bit disappointed with that.

"We were a little panicky in possession which I don't like to see. In the second-half Danny comes on, Sinclair comes on and we started slowing things down. We then looked a lot more comfortable on the ball.

"But defensively we were very strong. We had the best chance of the game with Josh, you have got to put that away. But we have got to work one or two more better opportunities.

"We have got to be a bit more clinical. Sometimes it takes a bit of composure at the back to find that first simple pass. But at the top of end of the pitch that little bit of magic was missing."

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