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25 September 2015

United defender Jordan Clarke feels there are positives to take out of last week's game at Rochdale

He states the Iron will be looking to turn those into a victory when they take on Southend on Saturday.

Clarke thought that in particular the first half showing was a plus point and if there was a more clinical edge to United's finishing, then maybe things could have turned out differently.

"There are positives and hopefully we can turn them into more positives in this weekend's game," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"I felt for the first half especially our shape was very good, we were very organised. They had some good attacks, but I believe we dealt with it really well.

"We went up the other end as well and had a couple of shots that maybe we could have done better with."

The former Coventry man says that going 2-0 up early on at Colchester was an example of the level that can be attained - one which Clarke insists must be reached on a more consistent basis if the Iron want to strive for better.

"That's a game we should have won and we know that. We feel like that's two points lost," he said.

"The first half was very good, we started on the front foot and got two early goals, and we know we can do that. It's just a case of being consistent now."

Ahead of the visit to Roots Hall, where the hosts have won just one game so far this season, the defender says United can use the potential negative energy from the home crowd to their advantage.

"We need any wins that we can get and our away form is going to be really important as well. We need to pick up points on the road and Southend would be a good place to start," he stated.

"When you're picking up results at home, the fans can get on you and we’ve got to hope that the way we play makes their fans get on them."

Despite the early season frustrations, Clarke feels that the squad aren't far away from where they want to be this season.

He doesn't see the need for drastic improvements - just things need to be a little tighter at the back and there needs to be a more clinical edge going forward.

"We're very close, I can't pinpoint what we need to do, because in the past couple of games our shape has been very good," he said.

"We've created chances, the only thing is that we just need to score more chances and start conceding less."

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