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Darrell Clarke Insists Walsall's Strikers Aren't to Blame For the Saddlers' Lack of Goals

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press and admitted that his strikers are not being given the service they deserve after the Saddlers were once again unable to find the back of the net as they held Colchester to a goalless draw at the weekend.
The Saddlers have scored just five goals in their nine all-competition outings so far this season as, despite adding strength to his attacking line over the summer, Clarke’s men have struggled to be creative in the final third.

Thankfully, the Saddlers shave shown much more strength in defence so far this season but the backline isn't being rewarded as the team aren't securing enough points to enable them to move up the table.

Clarke, who partnered Caolan Lavery with recent arrival Rory Gaffney at the weekend, went on to praise the pair before insisting his team’s problems are further back as his midfield is failing to provide the front-line with enough goal-scoring opportunities.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "The movement of the strikers is actually very good. They have not got the service they deserve.

"I think Rory and Lavs worked their socks off at the top end of the pitch against Colchester. But we didn’t pick the right forward pass at the right time and when we did get up there the final ball wasn’t good enough.

"I don’t want to keep talking about potential in the team, but we play backwards too often when the forward pass is the right thing to do. There is a little bit of indecision when to play it and when to move it quicker."

41-year-old Clarke went on to admit that he was bored by his team's display against Colchester and said the performance was particularly frustrating because his team is a lot more forward-thinking and dangerous in training but is currently struggling to transfer that to a matchday.

The gaffer continued; "Colchester was the fourth clean sheet of the season - we have shored it up in most of the games. But we have got to do a lot better going forward. I don’t want to keep sounding like a broken record.

"We just have to keep working on things and the lads have to take what they are doing well in training into the games when there is obviously more pressure on.

"We are ruthless in training, we are very forward-thinking in training. But for whatever reason, we are not getting that on match day. That, as a manager, is incredibly frustrating. We just have to keep going with it."
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