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'Best football of my career' - Clarke

26 October 2013

Jordan Clarke has also hailed the organisation in the City side after the 1-0 win at Walsall...

Coventry City defender Jordan Clarke felt the win over Walsall demonstrated how far the side have come since the start of the season.
 
City dominated the early stages at Banks’s Stadium but failed to make it count on the scoresheet and could then have gone in a goal down at half-time but for a great save from Joe Murphy.
 
Clarke feels the way City responded to the pressure they came under at that point, and late on after Franck Moussa had tapped in to put City in front, shows where they have made vital strides.
 
“Early on in the season we would maybe go a couple of goals in front and then we would come under pressure and lose our heads a bit,” said Clarke.
 
“Now we have got good direction, we all know our jobs. 
 
“We have to buy-in to what the manager wants and everybody, the starting 11 and the subs are doing that, and we are getting results so we have to keep that up.”
 
The winning goal would have been Clarke’s but for a stunning save from Richard O’Donnell, turning the defender’s header into the path of an on-rushing Moussa in the 54th minute.
 
But goals are not Clarke’s chief concern, keeping the opposition out is – and he certainly did that well in the closing stages.
 
Clarke added: “We are obviously very pleased to come here and get the points, it is a tough place to play.
 
“In the last 20 minutes they pressed us a lot and put their centre-half up front. But I thought we dealt with it well.
 
“We kept a clean sheet and (Joe) Murphy pulled off some brilliant saves too.  I thought we did very well as a team.
 
“They came into it and you have to expect that but we dealt with it very well.
 
“I think I am playing the best football of my professional career, at centre-back.”


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