Captain Peter Clarke felt yesterday’s 0-1 win against Chesterfield could be a turning point in the season.
The defender won the game for 10-man Athletic in second half stoppage time as he headed home an Aiden O’Neill cross into the box.
Speaking about the win, Clarke said: “It’s a game we believed we could win when we came here.
“We did okay in the first half, we had a couple of chances and could have been in the lead but we weren’t.
“Then there was something at half time, we got ourselves in the dressing room and it was mentioned that it could be a turning point in the season.
"It could be in the case of adversity we will come out fighting and show people what we were about. We limited them, got ourselves in front and saw it out. All credit to everyone out there.
"The boys really put in a shift and made it difficult for them. Chesterfield had a lot of possession but it was in front of us and I don’t think they created anything clear cut.
“There were some terrific performances out there this afternoon."
That goal was the defender’s fourth goal this season, making him the club’s top goalscorer and he talked us through the goal.
“We had a corner kick, kept it alive, I didn’t think I could get back, so I stayed up,” he explained.
"It was a great delivery from wide, I was watching the ball and my eyes lit up. I got a run on the defender and got above, directed it and it was obviously nice to see it go in.”
The fans made noise throughout the game and Clarke paid tribute to those in attendance.
“They were absolutely terrific,” he said. “They were in fine voice and if you were a neutral coming to the game, you would have assumed we were the home team with the amount of noise they made.
“It’s nice to get the goal and nice to reward the fans for sticking by us and hopefully they can enjoy the rest of their weekend.”
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