"They'll Be Fighting For Their Lives" - Clarke Expects Stevenage to Pose a Tough Test

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of this weekend's League Two clash with bottom-of-the-table Stevenage and called upon his team to be professional as they tackle the struggling Boro.
Walsall haven't lost in four league outings and will be buoyed by recently improved displays which have seen them bounce back from going behind in successive games as they enjoy a much-improved second half of the 2019/20 campaign.

Relegation threatened Stevenage, who are now under the stewardship of player/ manager Alex Revell following Graham Westley's recent resignation, have lost seven straight games and sit eight points adrift at the foot of the table heading into this weekend's meeting

Saddlers boss Clarke feels despite losing a string of games the Boro have been unfortunate in a handful of those outings and the Mansfield-born boss is still expecting Revell's side to pose a tough test this weekend.

Speaking via the club's official website, Darrell said; "Stevenage are in a position that they don’t want to be in but they’ll be fighting for their lives.

"I’ve watched their last three or four games and to be honest with you, they’ve deserved a lot more from the games so we certainly aren’t going to go down there thinking it’s going to be an easy game, as with any League Two game.

"Any professional game is not easy so we’ve got to be thoroughly professional about how we go about our business in this game which is a potential banana skin."

The Saddlers are fifteenth in the table ahead of kick-off having lost just five of their last eighteen league games and Clarke hopes to see his side continue that level of consistency continue between now and the end of the campaign.

Darrell continued; "It’s about winning football games. It’s about winning the next game and that comes Saturday at Stevenage so nothing really changes from my point of view.

"Like I have said and repeated over previous weeks, the lads are working hard, In the last 18 games in the run we’ve had we’ve been pretty consistent so we’re looking to continue that for the rest of the season.

"I thought in the second half against Port Vale for thirty minutes we were absolutely outstanding, we played some really good football on the front foot and we want to get more phases through that over the next eleven games."
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