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14 August 2015

United defender Jordan Clarke feels the team are very close to getting their first win of the new campaign.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “Each game we are creating those chances. If we start putting them away and keep it tight at the back, I think we are not far away.

“We’ve had two games and we’ve not had a win yet. The Burton performance wasn’t up to scratch on a whole, but on Tuesday's performance against Barnsley we deserved to win the game,

“I feel as a team we were the better side, we created a lot of chances and were resolute in our defending.”

With the scores still locked at 1-1 after 30 minutes of extra time, penalties loomed large – something Clarke calls a lottery.

“Penalties are a lottery. We won it last time (against Lincoln City in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup semi-final) – but on Tuesday we didn’t,” he continued.

“The lads are disappointed because we thought we were the better side, but we’ve got a league game coming straight up on Saturday, so that’s what we’ve got to focus on.”

Having played in the central defensive role before at previous clubs, Clarke is happy his manager has put faith in playing him there for United.

“I felt good," he said.

"I’ve played in that centre-back role before with my previous club, and the gaffer knows I can play there.

"I’m happy that he’s trusting me there – and I feel that I had a good performance.

“Whatever position the manager (Mark Robins) wants to play me in, I’m happy to. I’m really enjoying it at the moment. I’ve been trying my best to be consistent, and I feel like my decision-making is a lot better, picking the passes and I’m creating chances too.

“We’re all very confident in that back five, and we’re always talking across the line. That’s what we needed to improve on from last season – our strength at the back and keeping teams out. That’s what we needed to do, and I think we are doing that.”

United will attempt to bounce back from their opening day loss to Burton Albion, when Crewe travel to Glanford Park this weekend.

Clarke is certain that, on their day, the Iron can defeat anyone in this league.

“We always feel like we can win," he said.

"The squad we’ve got at the moment is capable of beating any side in this league – we’ve just got to go and do that.”

See much more from Jordan Clarke on The Iron PlayerHD.

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