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'I didn't think I would score 20 goals'

26 February 2013

Leon Clarke was delighted to pass the 20-goal mark this season...

Sky Blues striker Leon Clarke admitted he didn't think he would score 20 goals this season after the 2-0 win at Bournemouth. 

Clarke’s brilliant solo effort, where he battled with two Bournemouth defenders and finished into the roof of the net, put City ahead late on in the first half.

The former Wolves striker didn't have many chances throughout the game but was delighted to pass the 20-goal mark this season.

Clarke said: "I didn't think I was going to score 20 goals this season because I was Charlton and I wasn't getting a look-in.

"But I went to Scunthorpe and did well, scoring plenty of goals for them. I knew if I went somewhere else and hit the ground running, I could carry on the form.

"In this league, you are always going to get a few chances. I know in a game, if I miss one chance then I have got to keep going because it will come around again.

"I was happy with the way I took the goal and to pass 20 goals in one season is really good for me, but it was more important that we got the three points."

With the win, City have now collected 33 points away from home this season and go within five points of the play-offs.

Clarke believes the good away form is down to the style of the play the side adapt on their travels.

He added: "It is difficult to put your finger on why we are so good away from home but I think the players just relax a little more.

"At Sheffield United, we played some really good football and we have again tonight. We kept the ball well and we absorbed their pressure well.

"We have a different style of play away from home because when we are at home, teams often come and sit in. That can make it very difficult to break teams down."

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