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Darrell Clarke: Strikers not the problem for Walsall

Boss Darrell Clarke believes his strikers are not being given the service they deserve after Walsall fired yet another blank at Colchester.

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke

In their nine matches this season, the Saddlers have scored just five goals with Clarke’s men having struggled to create clear-cut chances.

At Colchester, a long-distance effort from Gary Liddle - which was parried by the keeper - was their only real attempt on goal.

But Clarke praised his strike duo of Caolan Lavery and Rory Gaffney and said his team’s problems are further back.

“The movement of the strikers is actually very good,” the boss said.

“They have not got the service they deserve.

“I think Rory (Gaffney) and Lavs (Caolan Lavery) worked their socks off at the top end of the pitch against Colchester.

“But we didn’t pick the right forward pass at the right time and when we did get up there the final ball wasn’t good enough.

“I don’t want to keep talking about potential in the team, but we play backwards too often when the forward pass is the right thing to do.

“There is a little bit of indecision when to play it and when to move it quicker.”

Clarke admitted he was bored by his team's display at Colchester.

And he said the performance was particularly frustrating because his team is a lot more forward-thinking and dangerous in training.

"Colchester was the fourth clean sheet of the season - we have shored it up in most of the games,” the 41-year-old added.

“But we have got to do a lot better going forward.

“I don’t want to keep sounding like a broken record. We just have to keep working on things and the lads have to take what they are doing well in training into the games when there is obviously more pressure on.

“We are ruthless in training, we are very forward-thinking in training.

“But for whatever reason, we are not getting that on match day.

"That, as a manager, is incredibly frustrating. We just have to keep going with it.”

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