Walsall manager Darrell Clarke: We didn't do ourselves justice

By Liam Keen | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has bemoaned poor set piece defending for his side's 2-1 loss away at Carlisle.

Darrell Clarke

Nick Anderton and Ryan Loft both scored from a crossed free-kick and a corner respectively, in a first half that saw Walsall create the better chances.

A Mat Sadler header, also from a corner, gave Walsall hope but Clarke was disappointed that his side didn't do themselves 'justice.'

“It’s very, very frustrating - orchestrators of our own downfall to be honest," he said.

“We’re in control first-half and give them two goals from two set pieces.

“It’s not good enough.

“We do a lot of work on those but we obviously need to do more - it’s frustrating.

“We get back in the game and then lose a bit of control in the game, rushing with our passing.

“The honesty and endeavour of the group to try and get back in the game, I get that.


“But we have to be a lot more street-wise than that.

“Certainly with a referee that’s going to need Vaseline on his lips today from the amount of times he’s blown his whistle.

“It was very frustrating, a frustrating day for ourselves.

“I thought we were the better team if I’m honest.


“I thought we posed a lot more threats than they did.

“But we certainly lacked a bit of nous at the right times.

“That’s disappointing because we have enough experience in there to try and control that sort of environment.

"But we didn't do ourselves justice today."

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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