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Clarke lauds the team performance

1 February 2013

Two-goal hero Leon Clarke lauded the team's effort's against the Blades...

Coventry City striker Leon Clarke has thanked the team after his brace secured a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

The forward, who signed for City in the January transfer window from Charlton Athletic, made it five goals in six games for the club with a brace against the Blades.

His late winner in the 87th minute put City just one point off the play-offs and Clarke praised the team for an 'incredible performance'.

The City striker said: "It was a great night for the club because it is always a difficult place to come and we have come away with a great victory.

"The team was brilliant. They just created so many chances which makes it so enjoyable for me to play football. I think the first half was easily the best 45 minutes I have been involved with this season.

"We outplayed them all over the park. The intensity was incredible and we deserved to be further ahead really. To get the winner in front of our supporters was fantastic as well because they sang throughout and kept behind the team.

"When they scored, we all heard them get straight back behind us and that is really important. They just topped off what has been a great night for the club."

City boss Mark Robins switched to a 4-4-2 system for the Blades clash with Stephen Elliott joining Clarke in attack. Clarke revealed after the match that it was enjoyable to have Elliott join him up front.

He added: "With the squad we have, the manager has a lot of options in midfield. The game we play is very flexible and that definitely showed in the first half.

"Our movement throughout the midfield was brilliant but it was nice to have Stephen Elliott up top with me today.

"He puts in a lot of work so it makes playing with him very easy and he provided me with a great assist which was nice. It worked well today and he is always looking for me because that is his experience showing through.

"It was a great night and to go into the huge game on Tuesday on the back of this win is a definite bonus."

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