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'Young players have been incredible'

4 November 2013

City striker Leon Clarke believes the club can take the confidence into the FA Cup on Friday....

Coventry City striker Leon Clarke has praised the young players in the squad after the Sky Blues stretched their unbeaten run to six games.

Steven Pressley's side has enjoyed a great run of form since the start of October, having won five out of six games, which has seen the club move into the top half of the table.

Despite starting the season with a ten-point deduction, the Sky Blues are now just three points off the play-off positions in the League One table.

After his brace against the Magpies on Saturday, Clarke has now scored 11 goals this season to tie his goal tally with strike partner Callum Wilson.

City have now scored 34 goals this season and Clarke has praised the work-rate of the team for creating many chances.

The 28-year old said: "It was a great win for us as they made it really difficult for us in the opening stages. They came to shut down the way we play and that worked in the first half.

"Of course the sending off helped us but it can often be difficult playing against ten men. It was important to get the goal early in the second half as I knew we would win the game from there.

"We created so many chances in the second half and we probably could've scored more. We have done that all season and it is probably the reason we are doing so well.

"Credit has to go to the young players really as they have stepped up this year. It is hard to believe that some of them are in their first full year of first-team football."

City take a break from League One football as they face AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the FA Cup on Friday at Kingsmeadow.

With the game selected for live coverage on BT Sport, Clarke believes it is a great chance to raise the profile of the club.

He added: "It'll be nice for the young lads to play in front of the TV cameras again as that always give everyone a boost.

"We all want to do well in the FA Cup. A good run in the cup will give us a lot of confidence and a chance to raise the profile of the club.

"It will be a difficult game as they will want to do well and we have to make sure there isn't any shocks.

"Confidence is really high in the group at the moment and I am sure we can bring that into the game on Friday." 

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