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Clarke Insists Josh Gordon's Move to the Wing Had No Bearing on Recent Results

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of this weekend's League Two clash with Crewe Alexandra, and insisted he doesn't believe his recent decision to play Josh Gordon out on the wing has contributed to a run of two consecutive defeats.
25-year-old Gordon has scored nine goals in thirty-four appearances so far this season, but was moved to the wing for the clashes with relegation-threatened Carlisle United and Morecambe - both games ending in defeat.

However, with a lack of an experienced right-winger and a recent spell of injuries, the manager asked Gordon to fill in out wide, much to the frustration of many Saddlers supporters.

Clarke says he understands Gordon's best position is up front, the manager does not believe his switch to the wing had any bearing on the final results.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "I’m not blaming that at all. We have Jack Nolan coming in who will have more minutes before the end of the season. There’s no blame from me whatsoever.

"The wide players I’ve gone in for, the salaries are way too much for me, where I stand with it. I’ll treat the club’s money like it’s my money – we’ll be sensible with it. There’ll be no knee jerk reactions here.

"We’ll work together as a group and see how things pan out. He does brilliant. I wanted to play two up top and I wanted to go with Adebayo because I thought he did very well against Carlisle and has scored good goals previously.

"I also knew that we were coming up against a big physical team and he gives me a bit more height and presence in both boxes. I understand that Josh Gordon’s best position is up the top end of the pitch, I know that.

"But he has honesty and endeavour and that’s why I made that selection. Is it right? No. When you lose as a manager you don’t make right selections, it doesn’t matter what you do.

"Did we lose the game because Josh Gordon played out wide? No. We lost the game because we didn’t take care of our opportunities at the right time."

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