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Clarke praises 'soldier' Wood

22 October 2012

The City defender also talks about Mark Robins' personal touch...

Coventry City defender Jordan Clarke has praised teammate Richard Wood for ‘soldiering through’ the pain barrier ahead of the Brentford match.

Wood has had a spate of facial injuries in recent weeks, including two broken noses and a bruised cheekbone.

Clarke believes there is good stability within the back four at the moment and says the side are thankful for Wood’s commitment. 

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The 20-year old said: “I don’t think any of the lads want to go through the pain he has gone through. He broke his nose at Arsenal and then at York, he nearly broke his cheekbone.

“When he came off, it looked like he had a golf-ball on his face and he got a black eye from that.  Then, at Swindon, he broke his nose again and it looked even worse.

“But he is soldiering through it and that is what matters. He has been through a lot but for him to do it for the side and for the cause is great.

“There has been a lot of stability in the defence recently and we have definitely become more solid at the back despite conceding two at the weekend.

“We are happy Richard (Wood) keeps playing despite what’s happened as that stability needs to continue.”

Mark Robins is going into his ninth game in charge of Coventry, including six league matches where he has picked up eight points.

Clarke believes the manager has brought ‘an assurance’ to the club and enjoys his personal approach to the job.

He added: “It has been going really well since he came in. He has brought an assurance to the club as he knows what he wants and he is determined to get that out of us.

“If you are doing something wrong, he will tell you. Not in a bad way but firmly and constructively, and that is always good.

“We need someone like that at the club as it brings stability and you know what you need to do. If you’re not doing it, you will have to work on it as he will be making sure you do.

“He gives a lot of time on a personal level as well. He has just done a bit of work with me in training on crossing which was good for me.

“He has got a lot of time for each individual in this club and that is great for the players moving forward.”  

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