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18/10/2020

Match Reaction: Clarke - "I Thought We Created the Better Chances"

Match Reaction: Clarke - "I Thought We Created the Better Chances"

Darrell Clarke spoke to the press following the Saddlers' League Two clash with Exeter City.
Walsall manager Darrell Clarke admitted a draw was probably a fair result following his side's stalemate with Exeter City on Saturday afternoon.

Clarke saw his side maintain their unbeaten start to the league season as they denied their opponents a goal whilst being unable to grab one of their own at a sadly deserted Banks's Stadium.

The manager admitted their was plenty of respect between the sides before insisting the Saddlers' hectic schedule, which saw them play three games in a little over a week, played a part in preceding's.

Opponents Exeter didn't have a game in midweek, and Clarke felt the travelling Grecians looked fresher for their week without action, although he insisted the Saddlers created the better chances of the two.

The manager went on to praise his team as they stretched their unbeaten run to eleven games whilst securing a welcome clean-sheet, just their second of their defeat-less run, in the process.

Speaking to the assembled media, Darrell said; "It was role reversal from last season’s games, there was respect from both sides. They have players that can hurt you and are lucky for that little bit of quality.

"I think you could tell it was our third game in a week, they were a bit more fresher at times, but I thought we created the better chances. Eli has had his great header saved, Paddy has had his chance in the first ten minutes.

"It was a cagey affair but I thought it was two good teams cancelling each other out. I asked for a clean sheet today. In this run of ten undefeated, now eleven, we’ve only had two clean sheets in that.

"I knew they were an attacking threat and will cause problems. They’ve scored a lot of goals, like ourselves. Two good teams cancelled each other out on the day but with the clean sheet I thought we defended superbly as a team.

"Probably the biggest disappointment for me on the back of the week is that it should have been seven points really.

"Colchester should have been three shouldn’t it. We’re undefeated but it’s early days yet. What I will say is, and I’ve said it to my players, there’s going to be so many games in this six-month spell.

"It’s going to be the ones that apply themselves and look after themselves. The best squads are the ones that can handle it better. Have a mixture and freshness at the right time. Making sure that the players know their jobs when they come into the side."

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