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Darrell Clarke: "That's What We've Been Asking For"

Darrell Clarke spoke to the local media following the Saddlers' League Two victor over Tranmere Rovers.
Walsall manager Darrell Clarke admitted he was pleased with his team's overall display as they defeated the in-form Tranmere Rovers by three-goals-to-one at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Heading into the match on the back of their midweek draw with Stevenage, the Saddlers netted three times to Rovers' one as they returned to winning ways, sending the 2,000 Tranmere fans home disappointed.

Travelling to a chilly Birkenhead, Walsall opened the scoring via Elijah Adebayo after nineteen minutes of the first-half, only to be pegged back by Liam Feeney's solid strike some twelve minutes later.

However, the second-half saw the Saddlers net twice without reply, Wes McDonald and Dan Scarr adding to and opening their respective season tallies, and Clarke admitted he was delighted to see the Saddlers getting amongst the goals.

Speaking to the assembled media, Darrell said; "It was on par, potentially, with the Newport performance with a clinicalness about us.

"That’s what we’ve been asking for and to cut out the individual errors. I’m really pleased that we got three goals on the front foot.

"We created many opportunities against a team in form. We’ll take that, three points."

Despite registering a comfortable win the Saddlers failed to make the most of many of their goal-scoring opportunities as thirteen shots on target only secured three goals, something Mansfield-born Clarke admitted he was unhappy with.

Darrell continued; "We worked well from the front and the game plan worked nicely today. We had those areas where we were a little bit more clinical.

"Albeit I’m still frustrated we didn’t get a few more, to be honest. There were opportunities to make the game a little bit more comfortable. Tranmere are a good team and they kept going."

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