Match Reaction: Clarke Keen to Build Upon Draw With the Latics

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke spoke to the press following Saturday's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Oldham Athletic.
Answering questions shortly after his patched up side had earned their first point of the new year with a one-all draw against Harry Kewell's Oldham Athletic, Clarke admitted a point apiece was a fair.

The Saddlers had reached the match on the back on a string of three defeats and were in dire need of at least a share of the spoils as they looked to halt their latest spell of poor form.

Walsall opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time as defender Zak Jules bagged his second goal of the season before Latics substitute Davis Keillor-Dunn was on hand to level the scores fifteen minutes from time.

Despite suffering a string of injuries during their two-week break between games the manager was able to select an eighteen man squad with his team doing well, especially during a second-half which saw the visitors take the game to their hosts.

Clarke, who recently added Aston Villa winger Tyreik Wright to his squad on a six-month loan, went on to praise his team before admitting he hopes the point can be built upon as he looks to guide his team back up the table.

Speaking to the assembled media, the manager was first asked whether he thought a draw was a far result, he admitted; "Yeah I think so. It was a game of two halves with Oldham coming into it more in the second half.

"You can see why they’ve done so well away from home this season. I thought we defended well up until a point and got a little bit sloppy with our ball position.

"If you’re having five or six transitions where you keep giving the ball away then you find yourselves under the cosh for spells like we did in the second half.

"Unfortunately we didn’t hold on. It was important, with the injuries we have in the camp, to stop the rot. Three defeats after four wins on the spin.

"We have to turn this into a positive on Tuesday night. There were positives out there. Hayden White played his first ninety minutes.

"Jack Nolan had his best sixty-five minutes for the club. Hopefully they get stronger and fitter with minutes along the way.

"Jules and Cockerill-Mollett have come back from injury as well. We had a patched up eighteen today with some young lads within that. They’re learning and we’re learning."
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