Darrell Clarke Backs Walsall's Strikers to Find Their Range

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of Tuesday evening's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Newport County and insisted he believes it is only a matter of time before the Saddlers' misfiring strikers start to find their range.
Despite adding three strikers to his squad over the summer Clarke's side have only netted only twice in their opening three League Two fixtures, winning one, drawing one, and losing the other.

Mansfield-born Clarke remains keen to add another striker to his team ahead of Transfer Deadline Day, but isn't expecting to secure any new additions until after Saturday afternoon’s clash with Plymouth Argyle and the boss is confident those already at the club will begin to find their feet.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "The strikers will improve, there is no doubt about that. We’ll add one to the mix before the window shuts as well to give us good, healthy competition for places.

"I can’t fault the lads I really can’t. I think we are nearly there, nearly there. I can’t fault the effort and commitment."

After bagging a brace during the Carabao Cup defeat to Crawley Town summer signing Caolan Lavery made his first start of the season against Crewe Alexandra, but while the former Sheffield United ace missed a golden chance to score, Clarke saw plenty of promise in his recent acquisition.

The manager continued; "He hasn’t had a pre-season and there is a lot more to come from him. Josh Gordon looks lively too, but he’s got to work on his end product.

"We will assess after the Plymouth game with seven or eight days left of the window. There are a couple of positions I’d like to strengthen and I will strengthen. I just want the fans to stick with us, but I’m sure they will."

Newport, last season’s beaten play-off finalists, arrive at the Banks’s unbeaten having taken five points from their opening three league fixtures, and Clarke expects them to be motivated as they seek to continue their strong start to the season.

Darrell added; "It’s another game and this is real tough division. There is not a lot between the teams from what I’ve seen in the three games. And from what I have watched in the other teams, there is not a lot in the division whatsoever.

"It’s about starting another run now. We have got a good set and I think you can see that the way the fans get behind the team. They can see it’s a work in progress.

"They can see an honest group of players who are giving it a right go at the minute. I think we have edged most of the games we have played in terms of stats and territory. We just need to be more clinical."
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