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Darrell Clarke Looks Ahead to Clash With 'Experienced' Bolton Wanderers

Darrell Clarke has spoken to club journalists ahead of Saturday's League Two clash with Bolton Wanderers.
Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken ahead of this afternoon's League Two clash with Bolton Wanderers and, following the Saddlers' triumph over Tranmere, has insisted there is still plenty to play for.

The manager, who has seen his side struggle to make the most of their goal-scoring opportunities over recent months, believes that if his side can begin to put a run of results together they could join the teams currently battling it out for a place in either the promotion or Play-Off places.

As the always busy December schedule sees the Saddlers play three matches in seven days Clarke also admitted he is taking it one game at a time as there remain so many points still up for grabs.

Speaking via the club's official website, Darrell said; "We’ve still got thirty games and ninety points to play for. You’ve seen in this league and most divisions are pretty tight.

"Any consecutive run of a few wins gets you right back in the picture of where we want to be but you take each game as it comes, it’s going to be a busy period, it always is around the Christmas period but then you look after Christmas and it normally settles down but it’s not going to settle down this year.

"There are 20/21 weeks left of the season with thirty games to play so we’ll be trying to win the next game and if we don’t, we’ll try and win the one after that and see where we finish."

Bolton, who suffered a six-three defeat to Port Vale last weekend, will no doubt be looking to return to winning was as they visit Banks's Stadium this weekend.

And Clarke admitted Ian Evatt's Trotters have plenty of experience in their squad and expects them to provide his team with a difficult test.

Darrell continued; "They’ve got experience in there - Sarcevic, Doyle, Santos at the back and Gilks in goal.

"They’ve got a lot of experience and a mixture of younger players which will probably be the balance of most squads in League Two but the name’s a big name in League Two.

"A team that was formerly a Premier League club that is fighting hard to get back up the pyramid."

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