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'Glad the manager trusts me' - Clarke

21 February 2014

Sky Blues defender says he is glad to be the player Steven Pressley looks to for versatility

Jordan Clarke has said that the Sky Blues squad is remaining “positive” despite consecutive league defeats as they head into a weekend trip at Tranmere Rovers.

Coventry City lost 2-1 at home to Carlisle on Tuesday night despite taking the lead through Franck Moussa in the first half however Clarke says that the squad is still upbeat.

“It could be a lot better but we’re not getting too downhearted about it because we know we’ve got a good squad here,” he said.

“We know what we’re capable of and we’re definitely not pleased with the last two defeats.”

Tranmere are currently 19th in League One and are just a point above the bottom four after a 2-2 draw away at Bristol City last weekend and Clarke made clear that City are looking to bounce back straight away.

“We know we should have got more out of the previous two games but we’re not too down about it as we’ve got the next one tomorrow”.

The versatile defender has made 31 appearances for Stephen Pressley’s side this year and has played in a range of positions for the Sky Blues and confirmed that he was waiting to see in which manner he would be used for Saturday’s trip to Prenton Park.

“It was good to get back in the starting 11 (against Carlisle). I wasn’t expecting to play left back but I don’t know where I’m going to play these days!”

 “I thought I did well and defended well although the game didn’t go well for the team as a whole.”

The 22-year-old explained that he had played on the left side of defence in the earlier part of his career and that he’s happy to play where required: “I played left back when I was younger and I’ve been told that being versatile is a good thing because sometimes it makes you more important in a sense, you need someone in and around the team who can do those jobs for you.

“I’m glad at the moment that I am that guy for the manager. It gives me confidence that he believes in me to do those jobs.”

Clarke also offered his support to understudy goalkeeper Lee Burge who is on standby for this weekend’s trip to the Wirral following an illness to ever present shot stopper Joe Murphy, saying: “Lee’s tall and strong and trains well when he’s with the first team.

“The other day he played in a training game and stopped about four of my shots. He is a good goalkeeper.”

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