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Clarke Wanting To Finish On A High

15 March 2019

The Club Captain sat down to give his thoughts on the weekend's game and his role as the season comes to a close.

Preparing for the fixture against Tranmere at Boundary Park, he said;

"Training was good, obviously it's only a couple of days after the game at Lincoln so some of the boys were still on a recovery session rather than full on training but those who trained were really good whilst the others were on partial recovery."

With results being mixed recently, the defender knows the team have to remain positive in order for fortunes to change.

"I think through the course of the last few games we've seen some positive signs, there's been some good football played on our behalf. 

"But at the same time we haven't quite had the consistency throughout the whole 90 minutes, so that's the next step and if we can get that then I think everyone will be happy."

With Mick Priest still involved, the experienced coach has provided the playing staff with an extra boost since he came in.

"Mick has got vast experiences in terms of coaching here and abroad.

"He's experienced different things and he's got lots of experiences which he can draw on."

His partner in defence and someone who is at a different point in his footballing career is young George Edmundson and is relishing the opportunity to pass on his knowledge.

"As a more experienced player and Captain you do help players around.

"As a centre-back you do have close relationships with the guy next to you and I get on with George really well.

"He's a great lad and he's a willing learner, he's like a sponge, he wants to know anything that'll help improve his game.

"It's brilliant to see because he's giving himself every opportunity to get better which I think he will do."

He added; "He's a credit to himself, his family and the football club."

With the visitors on a five game winning run, Clarke understands Tranmere will be one of the tougher tests of late.

"They're doing well at the minute, they're in the playoffs at the minute and we're aware of the threats they pose.

"We'll look at how we can stop their strengths and expose their weaknesses, so we'll work on that between now and the game.

"As defenders our primary concern is to obviously stop them scoring, but that's something we want to do every week."

With a few games left to play in the league, the Club Captain's standards always remain high and that is no different with turning performances on the pitch into points.

"It's vitally important we finish this season well.

"Every club has aspirations of getting to the top end of the league and it's no different for this club.

"It's not always gone as we would have liked, but that's the nature of the beast, it happens in football.

"We've got an opportunity between now and the end of the season to finish it really positively.

"If we pick up enough points then who knows where it might take us and we just want to give ourselves the best chance of finishing the season positively.

"We can then go into next season with new optimism and see where we can take this club."


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