Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has called on his players to improve in the second quarter of the season but concedes the Saddlers should be four or five points better off at this stage.
Clarke also confirms again that we are a rebuilding club to those that are questioning where the Saddlers are in the table. Currently the Saddlers are 19th in League 2 but Clarke asks where do people genuinely think the club should be after an overhaul of players and staff during the summer.
Speaking to Express and Star, Clarke said
“Let’s be honest right, where do you expect to be after a quarter of the season with 20 professionals released, six players going back to their loan club, nine members of staff changed,”
“We are a rebuilding football club”
“Am I four or five points disappointed? Maybe, but it’s results driven.”
“When you see the turnaround over such a short space of time, bear in mind we’re only two competitive months in and now we’ve got to make sure the second quarter of the season is better than the first quarter.”
The Saddlers return to the Banks’s Stadium this weekend with just one home win from the opening six games and Clarke states that if the home form improves then we will be a top ten side.
“The reason why we’re not in the top half of the division at the minute is our home form.”
“Unless you get your home form going you won’t be successful in this league, I think we’re good enough to go and win double figures away from home in this league, I really do.“
Walsall will be without defender Dan Scarr this weekend who is serving a one match ban for booking points obtained this season. Will be interesting to see if Cameron Pring will return at left back following his appearance for the Development squad this week.