Clarke Expects to See a Response Following Salford Slump

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of Saturday's League Two clash with Leyton Orient and admitted he is hoping to see a positive response from his players following last weekend's dismal defeat to Salford City.
The Saddlers saw a four game all-competition winning streak come to an end last weekend as the Ammies eased to victory by three-goals-to-nil in front of a healthy crowd at Banks's Stadium, much to the frustration of manager Clarke.

The former Bristol Rovers boss takes his side to the O's Breyer Group Stadium following a tough week of training with a view to putting things right by earning a much-needed win with over 750 of the Saddlers faithful set to make the trip.

Mansfield-born Clarke went on to praise his side for their efforts at the club's Essington Training Ground but admitted that he is hoping to see their work translated onto the matchday pitch.

Speaking to the media as preparations continue, Darrell said; "The response has to be at 3pm Saturday. The lads have trained very well and they’ve just got to keep improving.

"I was disappointed with one or two different aspects and I made my feelings known and we’ll learn. I won’t accept certain things but that’s been addressed.

"First and foremost you look at your own performance as a manager as well. I don’t think I got all of my decisions right on Saturday; the players certainly didn’t so we assessed it on Monday morning and get back to the training ground to work hard on those things."

With such a healthy awayday following behind them Clarke went on to insist that his team is working hard to reward them with an improved performance and hopefully three welcome points.

Darrell continued; "We’re delighted with the support we’re getting. We’ve let them down a bit at home so far this season.

"We know we’ve got to get our home form going and get our own punters going, we understand that but they can see what’s been needed at this football club for a long time and it’s a slow burner, we’re going to have dark days but we go together.

"This is where you get the real good fans. Like you say there’s over 750 coming down to support the team and it’s my job as a manager to make sure we don’t have too many performances like Saturday and I don’t think we’ve had too many in the first quarter of the season."
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