Tuesday, 11 February 2020

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Darrell Clarke: "We Shot Ourselves in the Foot on Too Many Occasions"

4:00 pm Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press ahead of this evening's League Two clash with Newport County and admitted to being frustrated as his team has failed to build upon recent spells of form with wins often being followed by defeats.
After suffering a run of three straight losses, the Saddlers returned to winning ways last weekend with Josh Gordon and Wes McDonald netting in a two-nil victory over Forest Green Rovers, but Clarke feels team continues to shoot itself in the foot.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "Don’t get me wrong, I’m a frustrated manager. But I’m not sat here frustrated because I’ve spent loads of money, I haven’t got the pressure of that.

"I have the pressure of, and I’ve had this at my previous clubs, is where the football club has been before. I mention these words all the time, I build a siege mentality because they’ll be a minority of fans that see where the club has been, but we know it’s a building job.

"We talk about the Walsall way and getting young lads through the system and I think we’ve done that this season. There’s a lot of positives in that and development stages.

"You have to bear in mind that before the previous week we were in top three form. We had a really bad week where we conceding some sloppy goals, which has been a bit of a theme at times this year.

"We’re building a new group and a new squad together without the resources that a lot of teams have at this level. We’re a building club and the fans aren’t daft, they appreciate that.

"I’m frustrated because I think we could have been further afield up there but we shot ourselves in the foot on too many occasions."

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