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20/11/2020

Walsall Working on Their Attacking Play Ahead of Cheltenham Challenge

Darrell Clarke has looked ahead to this weekend's League Two clash with Cheltenham Town.
Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to club journalists ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League Two clash between the Saddlers and third-placed Cheltenham Town.

Clarke, who has seen his side suffer three all-competition defeats in a row, insisted he is looking forward to the challenge of facing two of the league's stronger sides, with a trip to Newport County to come on Tuesday evening.

The manager went on to admit that, following another poor attacking display against Southend, his team must become more ruthless inside the opposition area, especially if they are to live up to their 'good team' label.

When asked whether the next game poses a big challenge, Darrell, who was speaking via the club's official website, admitted; "It certainly is.

"I said it to my players this week, I get sick of people telling me we're a good team. We're only a good team if we start being ruthless in both boxes.

"Cheltenham and Newport have had that this season so far. The league is very equal, as it was last year, it's not all doom and gloom.

"Cheltenham and Newport have had more consistency so far but there's not a lot in it. I'm sure they'll be respecting us like we'll be respecting them."

Clarke went on to admit that his team must begin to make more of their opportunities in the final third before revealing the team have been focusing on improving in that area during their recent pre-Cheltenham training sessions.

Darrell continued; "We've missed a few penalties this season and good opportunities in key moments in games. The final third play hasn't been good enough.

"But the stats all stack in favour, in the majority of our games, for entries in the final third, crosses in the box, opportunities.

"In a lot of our games this season we've been better than the opposition, which should lead to more goals.

"It's just the fact that we're missing the target, sometimes the cross isn't good enough, sometimes players hang on the ball too much and don't make good decisions.

"These are the things that we've been focusing on. There needs to be a freshness about it and maybe look at one or two different things that can give us that ruthlessness while still making sure the defensive side is strong."

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