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CLARKE UP FOR THE FLEETWOOD TEST

19 February 2016

United full-back Jordan Clarke spoke of how pleased he was to turn in an impressive display, as the Iron ran out 2-0 winners at Millwall.

Clarke replaced Scott Wiseman, who missed out through illness, at right-back in Tuesday night's clash at the Den.

It was a selection which came as something of a surprise to the 24-year-old.

He told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk: "Obviously not playing in a long time is frustrating for me but, as the team has been doing well, you can't complain and you just have to keep yourself ready, and keep yourself fit.

"Then my chance came. Although it was a bit late notice, I've been keeping myself ready.

"So to come into the team and to do well personally, and for the team to do as well as we did, I'm very pleased."

United travel to Fleetwood on Saturday, looking for five league victories on the bounce, but Clarke isn't underestimating the team who sit just inside the League One relegation zone.

At the same time though, the defender feels the Iron have every chance of getting the right result if the level of performance from the recent outings remains.

"Going to Fleetwood is a different test, but it's also a tough test, because Fleetwood pass the ball and they press the ball too," he said.

"I've played under (Stephen) Pressley and his assistant before, and I know how they get their teams playing high intensity and high tempo football.

"I know it's going to be a tough game for whoever is playing but, if we go there and play the way we've been playing and we keep pressing like we have done, then I don't see why this run can't continue."

Under the stewardship of joint caretaker duo Nick Daws and Andy Dawson, United have taken 12 points from a possible 12, only conceding one goal in the process.

It's a run of form which Clarke feels was much needed, especially after such a disappointing result and display at Blackpool.

"I wasn't pleased with the performance at Blackpool, and neither was any player. So I'm glad for myself personally, and for the team, the way we've been playing recently," he continued.

"I'm also glad that when I came back into the team I was able to pick up my performance, and match the lads, so we kept up our good displays recently.

"Now we just have to keep the run going, and be confident, but also be positive."

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