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Clarke poised for 200th league start

27 April 2018

Jordan Clarke could make his 200th league start this weekend as the Iron travel to MK Dons.

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27 April 2018

The 26-year-old right-back says he and his team-mates are confident going into the weekend’s game. 

Clarke recognises the Dons will be tough opposition as they are fighting for survival. However, he believes United are hitting form at the right time and if they perform how they know they can, they should come away with three points. 

He discussed this, the impact of the travelling fans and the opposition’s star man in an interview with iFollow Iron

ON SATURDAY POSSIBLY BEING HIS 200TH CAREER LEAGUE START…
JC: I didn’t know how many starts it was. I knew that I had made over 200 appearances but to have made that many starts is really good to know. I’m really pleased with that. 

ON HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THOSE OPPORTUNITIES…
JC: The manager’s faith allows me to perform better because it puts me at ease. In my performances I want to give something back for them showing their faith. 

ON HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE CAN BE DRAWN FROM THE LAST TWO RESULTS…
JC: It will give us loads. The performances are slowly picking up but it’s about points at the minute. I am really pleased with the two clean sheets and I am really pleased with the win as well. Hopefully we can score a little more just to make it a bit more comfortable, but as long as we are keeping those clean sheets and someone is putting some away at the other end I am more than happy. 

ON WHETHER THEY ARE HITTING FORM AT THE RIGHT TIME…
JC: I feel like we are. We are getting back to where we were consistency-wise and I feel like we are hitting that form at the right time. We aren’t quite there yet but we just need to keep on building on our performances. 

ON THE EFFECT THAT THE AWAY SUPPORT WILL HAVE AT MK DONS ON SATURDAY…
JC: They will be massive. The Charlton game was unreal. I couldn’t really hear the Charlton fans if I’m honest. The way that our fans performed in that game was an extra boost and I hope that they can do the same. 

ON MISSING OUT ON THE LAST MK DONS FIXTURE AND WANTING TO MAKE AN IMPACT THIS TIME AROUND…
JC: That is what I have aimed to do in each game since I have come back. I think that my form and fitness is slowly coming back and I feel like I’m helping the side. Therefore, I am just trying to continue that and keep picking up points. 

ON WHETHER THE DONS WILL BE MORE DANGEROUS BECAUSE OF THEIR POSITION IN THE TABLE…
JC: As you can see with AFC Wimbledon, it was a tough test. At home to Walsall we were the better side but it was still closer than it should have been. However, that’s what we expect and that’s what we have to expect in each game with teams fighting at the bottom. Take nothing away from MK Dons as they are a very good footballing side. On their day they can perform very well. We just need to keep our form going, maintain how solid we have been and take our chances. 

ON WHETHER KNOWING THAT A WIN COULD RELEGATE THE DONS MAKES IT HARDER…
JC: Yes, but at the same time that could go in our favour. We need to go into that game taking into account that they are under a lot of pressure. If we perform anywhere near what we can then we should win that game. 

ON THEIR TOP SCORER CHUCKS ANEKE…
JC: I have played against Chucks a few times and he has always been a very talented player. He can create things, he can score goals and he is a good athlete as well. He is always one to look out for when you are playing against MK Dons. However, it’s not so much about worrying about specific players. It is about executing our game plan, keeping solid and creating chances. 

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