Walsall Working to Make More of Their Goal-Scoring Opportunities

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League Two clash with Crawley Town, and admitted that he hopes to see hit side get among the goals after a duo of 1-0 wins.
Clarke, who watched as goals from Stuart Sinclair and James Clarke saw the Saddlers home to victory over Morecambe and Scunthorpe, agreed that the results and performances were a platform to build upon but hopes to see his team able to put games to bed.

The Saddlers have won three of their opening ten league games and sit sixteenth in the table, eight points clear of bottom-of-the-table Stevenage heading into this weekend's awayday clash with the Play-Off chasing Red Devils.

The 41-year-old, Mansfield-born boss oversaw a major squad clear-out over the summer and admits that it will take time for his team to bed in, but is hopeful he will be able to guide them to calmer waters following their recent upturn in form.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "It’s a platform, but we know we can’t go through the whole course of the season – I’d like to say we can, but it’s hard work to go the whole course of the season while one goal’s going to win you a game.

"That’s a dangerous game to play, I don’t play like that and I don’t set my teams up like that. I’ll be dead by the end of the season if we’re going to keep continuing like that, the heart will be gone.

"There’ll be somebody else in here saying ‘I’ll take a 1-0'. Everybody says it’s the perfect scoreline, but not for your heart, not for managers. We want to be making more of our opportunities in that final third.

"We’ve had the biggest turnover in the EFL, that says its own story. We’ve still got a hell of a lot of work to do. I’m still assessing players and working on players – it doesn’t happen after twelve, thirteen weeks.

"You still work with the mentality of the group and coming up two, three months to the window you assess where people are going to fall by the wayside because they’re not ready for the journey or not part of my journey. You’re forever doing it."
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