Darrell Clarke: Two dropped points for Walsall

By Liam Keen | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke says it feels like his side dropped two points after a late Wes McDonald goal earned the team a draw at home to Macclesfield Town.

Darrell Clarke.

The visitors had the perfect start to the game with a goal inside eight minutes when Miles Welch-Hayes' low drive nestled into the bottom corner.

The Saddlers struggled to get a foothold in the game for most of the match as the Silkmen gladly sat back and defended their lead.

But McDonald's curling effort from the edge of the box found the bottom right corner after 74 minutes, earning Walsall a point.

Clarke was left frustrated, however, as several superb saves from Macclesfield goalkeeper Owen Evans denied Walsall all three points.

“It feels that way to be honest with you (two points dropped)," he said.

“I thought it was a disastrous start which gets the place edgy, which you’d expect.

“We didn’t really recover from that for a while to be honest.

“For me, an average performance, a frustrating performance but a game we should win.


“Play that game again and you win that game three or four one.

“As disappointed as we were, because at times we were poor, the fact of the matter is that sometimes it is two points dropped.

“Is it cutting edge or can you give a bit of credit to their ‘keeper?

“I think he’s pulled off three or four world class saves on the day.


“We were sloppy in possession, a couple of players had an absolute nightmare.

“You can analyse it until the cows come home but the fact of the matter is that we should win the game.

“The stats will tell you that, so it’s two points dropped."

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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