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"We Shoot Ourselves in the Foot" - Clarke Frustrated as Walsall Leave it Late

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke spoke to the local media following the Saddlers' League Two clash with Stevenage.
Speaking to BBC Radio WM after his side grabbed a late point via Josh Gordon's injury time spot kick, Clarke admitted he was feeling frustrated as his side continued their error-prone spell.

Despite controlling much of the first-half, the Saddlers failed find the back of the net before another individual error saw them give away a penalty early in the second forty-five as former loanee Aramide Oteh slotted the ball past Jack Rose in the Walsall goal.

Despite the Saddlers continuing to falter in front of goal their pressure was rewarded as they were gifted a late equaliser as the returning Gordon, who recently spent a spell on the side-lines, was able to regain his composure after being fouled inside the area to slot the ball home and secure a spell of the spoils.

Speaking to the assembled media, Darrell said; "In the first half I thought we were dominant but lacking that quality. I’m very frustrated.

"We got in good areas. In the second half, what do we do, we shoot ourselves in the foot don’t we. We gave another poor goal away and we’re chasing.

"I’m sick of managing on the side-lines feeling frustrated and having to change things to try and freshen things up.

"That’s why I made the four subs early doors. We were very patchy in the second half but the lads kept going and we got the penalty."

When asked about the difference in the performance in the second-half when compared to the first, the manager admitted he was sick of repeating himself as his team continue to hand the advantage to their opposition, much to the manager's frustration.

Clarke continued; "Don’t even get me going, it is what it is. I’m frustrated. The fans will be very frustrated. I’m sick of repeating the same things.

"We need to turn these draws into wins. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen a good team in the league yet, in my opinion. Hopefully with Josh coming back and Holden coming back from suspension, we’ll have a little bit more quality in the final third.

"That’s what we need. Hopeless balls in the second half, not building the play up. I don’t know how many balls we kicked out of play. We’re better than that."

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