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"Mentally it is a fantastic win for us, we’ve come close on a few occasions and not got over the line." - Coventry City's Nathan Clarke

20 February 2017

The stand-in City skipper on the Sky Blues' first league win of 2017...

Defender Nathan Clarke has been a regular feature in the Sky Blues’ back-line since arriving in the West Midlands on the turn of the New Year. 

Whilst Saturday's victory over Gillingham was a welcome three points, Clarke insists the feat means little if his side cannot replicate that performance in coming weeks. “Quite a lot of people have been saying at last, and it is that," the 33-year old said. 

"We’ve come close on quite a few occasions and not just got over the line. Mentally it is a fantastic win for us.

“They piled it into the box late on and we dealt with it well. First half we showed glimpses of what we can do, we have a good side, we scored two well worked goals and could have scored more as well.

“As the game went on you see us as defenders probably dropping deeper, and it is mentally quite tough. We’re obviously delighted with the win, but it is only three points." 

City were victors courtesy of goals from the Thomas pairing, both Kwame and George netting in the first-half. Max Ehmer gave the visitors a route back in to the tie, but City held firm for their first three points under new boss Russell Slade. 

“We knew they weren’t in great form and were getting dragged into the battle at the bottom a bit," Clarke added. "But we know they had some good players who were more than proven over the last few seasons at this level.

“Of course there is belief, we’re delighted with the win today, but it’s just one win and sets us off in the right direction.

“Whoever we come up against, whether that be top, middle or bottom, we have to go into the games believing we can go and win. I don’t see why not, we’ve got a really good squad, but we need to show that in the coming weeks.” 

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