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Darrell Clarke: Walsall players didn't take enough responsibility

By Liam Keen | Walsall FC | Published:

Manager Darrell Clarke believes his players didn’t take enough “responsibility” in the final third after they fell to defeat at home to Bradford.

Darrell Clarke

A James Vaughan header, which has gone down as a Liam Kinsella own goal after the midfielder got the final touch, was the only goal of the game as the Bantams ran out 0-1 winners.

It came after the veteran striker missed a penalty only minutes earlier, but it was Clarke’s Walsall that had the better of the opportunities.

Impressive hold-up play from Rory Gaffney created many of the Saddlers’ chances, but Clarke was left frustrated at his players for not doing more in the final third.

“It’s there for all to see,” he said.

“We’ve worked the ball into good areas of the pitch and haven’t taken care of it in the final third, yet again.

“Thoroughly disappointed, but we have to keep going.

“To be fair to Bradford the front two are a handful, but they only really caused us problems with set pieces and long throws, we’ve worked the ball well into areas but like I say, not taken care of it, and not taken responsibility enough in the final third.

“I think we were too quick to try and find a pass. Go and get your shot away, get on the front foot, you don’t want your players losing that belief.

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“We worked a few moves, keeper’s pulled off a few saves, but another one of those days I’m afraid.

“The majority of most of the games we’ve been the better team but at the end of the day games are won in both boxes, and we’re not doing it well enough in the opposing box.

“We worked the ball into areas where they should be saving it a lot more, so we need to get back into work, if you’re here at the game effort, commitment, desire, they’re all to see.”

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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