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'I am enjoying my football' - Clarke

17 August 2013

City striker and stand-in captain Leon Clarke also praised his strike partner Callum Wilson...

Coventry City striker and stand-in captain Leon Clarke admitted he is enjoying his football after his brace in the 4-0 win against Carlisle United.

The 28-year old striker opened the scoring for the Sky Blues after he was given space on the edge of the area and curled his shot home inside the first three minutes. 

Franck Moussa and Billy Daniels put Steven Pressley's side 3-0 up before the break before Clarke netted his second in the 65th minute after capitalising on a Kevin Feely mistake and chipping the ball neatly over the keeper.

With Carl Baker's suspension from his red card at Leyton Orient, Clarke is enjoying life as the Coventry City captain. 

The City forward said: "It's been different having the captain's armband. A few years ago, I would never have thought I would have the captain's armband anywhere so it's been nice.

"The manager has gave it to me and it comes with a lot of responsibility. I don't really shout, I captain the way I play the game. 

"I work hard and hopefully the team sees how hard I am working, and they can then follow that example. It's been really enjoyable to win the last two games when I have had the armband.

"I am really enjoying my football at the moment and I think the side has been playing really well. Every time we attack, we look like we are going to score so for a striker like me, it's great."

The Sky Blues now have four players who have scored three goals this season; Billy Daniels, Franck Moussa, Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson.

Despite not being unable to convert his chances against Carlisle, Clarke praised the valuable contribution from Wilson.

He added: "I don't want to kill his buzz as he is playing really well at the moment but I think he could have scored eight goals already this season.

"He just creates so many chances, not just for himself but also everyone else. He worked really hard and stretched their defence for the rest of us to find the gaps.

"For defenders, he must be frightening to face. He has been a pleasure to play with but he has to keep working hard and putting pressure on himself to do better." 

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