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Clarke Hoping To Get One Over Former Side

25 August 2017

Captain Peter Clarke is hoping to get one over his former club at the weekend and claim Oldham Athletic’s first three points of the season.

The skipper, who enjoyed three spells with the Seasiders, has been frustrated with the start but wants to put that right this weekend.

He said: “As defenders we want to keep clean sheets but that’s not been the case up to now. We are working hard on the training ground to do that.

“We want to win games but at the minute we are not scoring enough goals if we are completely honest. Everything needs a bit of work but I don’t think we are too far away from it all coming together.

“Hopefully come 5pm on Saturday, we will have a result that we all want.”

Regardless of his affection for Blackpool, Clarke is 100% focused on claiming victory this weekend.

“I want to win every game I play in, the fact it’s against a former club is one of those things,” commented Clarke.

“It would be great from a personal point to go back there and get the three points but if it was Timbuktu United on Saturday then I would still want to win and come away from their ground with the three points.

“I’ll see one or two familiar faces but three points for Oldham Athletic on Saturday is the most important thing for me.

“I think they have changed a little bit in the way they are going to play. I went to watch them in pre-season because they are on my doorstep and my little lad wanted to go and watch a game so we went and I think they will be open and expansive.

“I think they play from the back and play through the thirds. They will want to get Jimmy Ryan on the ball in the middle of the park and Bright-Samuel will be someone who we have to keep our eyes on.

“A win would set us up nicely for the following win with the Checkatrade Trophy game and the league game after that. A win would be ideal and we will be doing everything we can to be prepared for that and be ready to go at 3pm on Saturday.”

Around 1,500 fans are expected in Blackpool. “Fans always enjoy a trip to the seaside and a few will make a weekend of it,” Clarke said.

“Hopefully we can come back with three points and a stick of rock with a blue and white strike through it.”

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