Dan Scarr Pleased With Walsall's Balance of Youth and Experience

Central defender Dan Scarr has spoken to the local press and praised the Saddlers' more experienced players for helping him improve his game as he and his backline teammates continue to earn plenty of plaudits for their clean-sheet securing displays.
Despite enduring a difficult start to the campaign Darrell Clarke's Saddlers have earned five clean-sheets from ten league outings so far this season and have been praised for their defensive solidity, with the rebuilt squad still getting to know each other.

24-year-old Scarr, who joined the club from Birmingham City in January, has started the last three games and says the presence of more experienced players has helped the younger players to improve their craft with many players leading by example.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dan said; "I think everyone bounces off each other. The experienced lads are very good and will try and help you out and things like that, talking about things after something’s happened so it’s good to have their experience.

"I think the games that we’ve played we’ve deserved a lot more than we’ve actually retained so as long as we play like that we will start getting the points we deserve and that’s why we are calm.

"We’ve been strong defensively and in attack we’ve been a threat and dominated games it’s just the rub of the green hasn’t gone our way."

The 6ft 2in centre-back, who turned out for Causeway United, Redditch United, and Stourbridge before joining the Blues in 2017, has played alongside 29-year-old James Clarke and 33-year-old Gary Liddle in recent weeks, and believes that he and his fellow less-experienced defenders are benefiting from the wealth of football league experience at their disposal.

Dan continued; "The personnel that slot in there all know their jobs and everyone works together quite well so I think it’s good to be able to change from a three to a four and be versatile depending on what team you’re playing.

"Whoever comes in, we all work on it in training. We all build partnerships or a three, we work on it in training so everyone feels comfortable whoever’s in the back line.

"I think we all trust in the Gaffer. It’s not going to be a thing where you’ll play 50 odd games, he does like to change it up depending on who we’re playing against or what he feels is right for the day.

"We trust him and he will change it up if he sees it necessary. You’ve got to try and keep everyone happy. Everyone wants to play every game, that’s what being a footballer’s all about but like I said we trust him to pick the right team for the day.

"I think its credit to Duts and the Gaffer. Everyone puts it in and we get support from our midfielders. Robbo has been very good as well so we’re starting to take pride in keeping clean sheets and that’s what you need to do as a defender."
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