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5 September 2015

Having been rested for Tuesday’s Jonhstone’s Paint Trophy match, Jordan Clarke is refreshed and looking ahead to Saturday’s game with Blackpool.

The Iron defender told The Iron PlayerHD that we he was feeling good, and hopes to be selected for the game.

“I’ve had a rest along with a few others and I’m feeling fine," he said.

"If the manager puts me back in there I’ll definitely feel refreshed and ready to go. If not, that’s fine – but I’d prefer to be back in the starting line-up.

“I’ve been carrying a tiny little niggle which needed to be managed, but the rest I had the other night definitely helped and I’m feeling a lot better for it.”

Clarke feels it’s too early on in the season to look at Blackpool’s position at the bottom of the league as an indication of what kind of squad will show up on Saturday, but states the team will be going all guns blazing ready to take all three points.

“Going off their last season, and their start to this season, we are going into the game expecting beat them. The main focus is on getting the three points," he said.

“I think the pressure is on them at the moment. Coming down from the Championship, realistically speaking they should not be in the position they are in.“

United are unbeaten in their two League One home fixtures thus far this season, but Clarke states that the performances haven’t been up to the high standards they set.

He said: “We’re at home and, although our performances haven’t been great, our results haven’t been terrible. We could have not picked up any points. We may not be putting in the best performances but we are still grinding out the points, which is a good sign.

“We respect our opposition, whoever that might be. But at the same time we analyse their good points, and look to take that down. I don’t think they will be dominating the possession here, but anything can happen on the day.”

Sitting bottom of the table, and with off the field issues rife, Clarke is confident Blackpool won’t pick up their first league win of the new season at Glanford Park.

“Realistically, yes they will start to pick up some points – but we don’t want them to start here," he said.

The Blackpool match is the first of two consecutive home games, with Coventry travelling to Glanford Park the following Saturday – something Clarke tells us he and the team are looking forward to.

“It’s exciting to be playing at home in the next couple of games because that in itself relieves pressure, because we love playing in front of our own fans," he added.

See much more from Jordan Clarke, Luke Daniels and Mark Robins on The Iron PlayerHD.

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