"We've Got to Be Better" - Darrell Clarke Disappointed as Walsall Exit the Carabao Cup "We've Got to Be Better" - Darrell Clarke Disappointed as Walsall Exit the Carabao Cup

"We've Got to Be Better" - Darrell Clarke Disappointed as Walsall Exit the Carabao Cup

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the press following the Saddlers' Carabao Cup - Round One defeat to Crawley Town and admitted he was disappointed to see his team crash out of the tournament as he had hoped to see his side make the most of this season's cup competitions.
The Saddlers trailed by one-goal-to-nil at the break and were ultimately defeated by the visitors, despite a spirited performance in the second forty-five which saw four goals scored, including a Caolan Lavery brace.

Clarke, who made a few changes to his starting line-up as Zak Jules, Callum Cockerill-Mollett, and Alfie Bates made their first starts of the season, felt his side needed to defend better, particularly against the counter attack.

Speaking via the club's official website, Darrell said; "We’ve got to be better. As a group we’ve got to reorganise and not chase the game too early, we’ll always push teams back but really disappointed.

"We didn’t lock-down on the first goal, we deal with the cross so lock it down. We knew they’re a dangerous counter attacking team and we talked about so we’re thoroughly disappointed to be out of the cup.

"I thought we showed a lot of naivety out there. We’ve got to get out of the bad habit of conceding the first goal because it makes it a bit of a mountain to climb and you if you’re going to be scoring two goals you can’t be conceding three."

One positive to come from the game was striker Caolan Lavery's second-half double, the former Sheffield United forward coming off the bench to give the Saddlers some hope.

Clarke, who made a triple change shortly after his team had gone two-nil down, was pleased to see the 26-year-old get off the mark and was especially impressed with his second goal.

Darrell continued; "It’s pleasing, because he’s missed all of pre-season and not played many minutes. The last thing you want to do is killing the boy too early but he showed his quality, his second goal was a great finish."
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