14/12/2019

Darrell Clarke Keen to Build Upon Vale Win as Macclesfield Come to Town

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of this afternoon's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Macclesfield Town and insisted his team won’t be taking the match for granted, despite the Silkmen's current financial issues.
Clarke, who will be looking to secure a much-needed third win in four league outings, believes that Daryl McMahon's team are no pushovers and the well-travelled former midfielder will have his team fired up when they visit Banks’s Stadium later this afternoon.

But Mansfield-born Clarke is firmly focused on getting the job done, and, after revealing that his team has moved to train at the former FA School of Excellence in Lilleshall, admitted he is hopeful that the Saddlers can continue their recent return to form.

Speaking via the club's official website, Darrell said; "It’s always nice to head into a full week of training on the back of a win from the previous Saturday. We’re now looking to back up that win with a result against Macclesfield.

"We have been thoroughly professional throughout the week working very hard. We’ve had to move up to Lilleshall for a couple of sessions this week because of the amount of rain we have had in recent weeks, it’s really starting to take its toll on the training pitches.

"I’m really pleased that we have been able to come down to Lilleshall and use the facilities here. That’s a credit to the board because they’ve sanctioned us coming down here to train and get the professional work in that we need to do.

"Macclesfield have been having a lot of problems off the field for a number of weeks now but they can’t be taken for granted by ourselves. I’ve always said that professional footballers are their own managers in the way that they look after themselves when they’re away from the club.

"’m sure Macclesfield players are, a. putting themselves in the shop window with things not going well at the club financially and b. making sure they’re going about their approach to this game professionally as professional athletes should.

"Players have got to look after themselves and this won’t be a game that we are taking for granted or lightly. They have had a few draws recently so it is going to be a tough challenge but one that we’re looking forward to on the back of a good away win."

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