15/12/2019

Darrell Clarke Frustrated as Walsall Are Held to a Draw

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the press following the Saddlers' one-all draw with Macclesfield Town and admitted that the result was two points dropped rather than a point gained.
Clarke, who watched as defender Miles Welch-Hayes gave Macclesfield the lead with just eight-minutes on the clock, admitted that his team entered an average performance as they failed to take charge of the match, with their opponents happy to sit back and defend their lead.

The Saddlers' only goal of the game arrived via a Wes McDonald curling effort and was the only bright spot in an otherwise poor display as Walsall continued to waste the vast majority of their goal-scoring opportunities, although Clarke was keen to praise Silkmen stopper Owen Evans.

When asked whether it was two points dropped, Darrell said; "It feels that way to be honest with you. I thought it was a disastrous start which gets the place edgy, which you’d expect. We didn’t really recover from that for a while to be honest.

"For me, an average performance, a frustrating performance but a game we should win. Play that game again and you win that game three or four one. As disappointed as we were, because at times we were poor, the fact of the matter is that sometimes it is two points dropped.

"Is it cutting edge or can you give a bit of credit to their ‘keeper? I think he’s pulled off three or four world class saves on the day. We were sloppy in possession, a couple of players had an absolute nightmare.

"You can analyse it until the cows come home but the fact of the matter is that we should win the game. The stats will tell you that, so it’s two points dropped."

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