12/02/2020

Clarke Welcomes Walsall's Awayday Point Following Difficult Evening in South Wales

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken following the Saddlers' goalless draw with Newport County and praised his side for their resilient performance on a difficult playing surface in south Wales.
With 188 Saddlers fans making the trip to Rodney Parade their side failed to register a single shot on target as they secured an awayday point as well as another clean-sheet, taking goalkeeper Liam Roberts to thirteen for the season.

As the match was played on a wet and muddy pitch, manager Clarke admitted the match was far from a classic but welcomed a fourth point in two games as his team begin to look ahead to Saturday's clash with Northampton Town.

Speaking to the assembled media, Darrell said; "It was an absolute classic and I can’t wait to watch it back. We knew what it would be like coming here, a difficult surface on a difficult windy day.

"I picked a team to get us a good result, a strong resilient team. I thought there was a couple of moments in that first half where we could have looked after the final pass. We were in a few times but it’s a tough place to play.

"It wasn’t a classic but it’s four points in two away games, which is something positive to build on. It's a different game with a different project and I knew we'd have to defend a lot of balls coming into our box through long throws, corners and set-plays."

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