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TAKE IT GAME BY GAME

20 September 2016

Going into Tuesday's clash with Charlton at Glanford Park, full-back Jordan Clarke is thinking of nothing else than trying to extend the Iron’s near faultless opening to the new season.

That start has sent United racing to the top of the League One table but Clarke states it’s not something the squad are reading too much into, with the campaign only being at a premature stage.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Clarke said: “We would like to have played the game beforehand but, at the same time, it’s here now, so we’ve got to take it as it comes.

“It’s obviously nice to look at (the league table), and it’s fantastic for the fans. We are really pleased, but at the same time we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. It’s game to game, and we want to keep that performance going.

“I expect a very strong side of high quality, because they have only just come down.

“Obviously with us starting as well as we are, teams are going to want to come here and put a dent in that - so I’m expecting high quality, high tempo, and a good side.”

The defender says preparation on the training field in the lead up to Charlton’s visit has been enjoyable, and a little less intense, with the quick turnaround from Saturday’s victory over Shrewsbury Town.

“Training’s been fine. Obviously it was a little lighter than usual with us having a game on Tuesday,” he explained.

“So we’ve had to prepare for that, and go through a few tactical things, while having little games in between that. It’s been fun, but at the same time serious as well."

Reminiscing on the weekend’s success over the Shrews, Clarke revealed he left Greenhous Meadow a little disappointed with his own personal display, and insisted he’s striving to improve upon it.

However, to come away with all three points in his eyes was a statement of intent, given just how much more there is to come, he feels from the Iron.

“The Shrewsbury game I didn’t really enjoy it myself personally, and as a team we didn’t either, purely because of the way we performed,” he stated.

“I feel I could have done a lot better, but at the same time it shows a lot about us as a squad, that when we’re not playing at our greatest, we can still come away with the three points and a clean sheet.

“We’ve already seen what we can do as a team. In performances at Glanford Park and elsewhere, we’ve adapted to different situations, and at the minute we are adapting well.

"The performance can definitely be a lot better, because we know what we expect from ourselves, and we’ve seen it at home before.”

See much more from Jordan Clarke and Graham Alexander on the Iron PlayerHD.

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