Darrell Clarke Offers Praise for the Defence as the Spoils Are Shared

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press following the Saddlers' goalless Sky Bet League Two draw with Stevenage, and admitted that a point apiece was probably a fair result.
Despite arriving at the match on the back of a trio of all-competition wins the Saddlers struggled to create much in the way of goal-scoring chances during the opening forty-five minutes, forcing the manager into a double change at the break.

With Danny Guthrie and James Hardy taking the places of Liam Kinsella and Wes McDonald respectively, the Saddlers went on to create more chances but were ultimately unable to take advantage with a tenth clean-sheet proving to be the real reward of the match.

And Clarke, pictured during the recent FA Cup victory over Darlington, who has made it clear he will chop and change his team if he thinks something is not working, believes the team was much-improved in the second-half and, although his team wasn't troubled after the break, believes a draw was a fair result.

Speaking to the assembled media, Darrell said; "I thought we were very poor first half. I made a couple changes to freshen things up a little bit because I don’t think we ever got going first half. They slightly edged the first half.

"Second half, barring a goalmouth scramble they had, they didn’t really cause us any problems. We’ve had plenty of opportunities to score a goal. In reflection of the game, it’s probably a fair result. They’re the fine lines of the game.

"I’ve watched four or five Stevenage games and they’ve been in every game, their form of late has picked right up. I think they’ll soon clear themselves away from the danger zone.

"With ourselves, I thought we needed a little bit more life in the second half and we got that. A bit of quality in the final third but it was good defending from both teams to be honest.

"Our back four and goalkeeper defended very well and some of their lads had a good game defensively. A game where defenders were on top."
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