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Clarke: Getting fitter with every game

17 August 2018

Right-back Jordan Clarke believes he is getting fitter with each match, after missing a chunk of pre-season.

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Ahead of the Iron’s trip to Sunderland on Sunday, Clarke admitted he had been frustrated at not being able to do work in the off-season due to injury. However, he feels he's getting near to where he wants to be after he completed his first 90 minutes of the campaign during United’s Carabao Cup loss to Doncaster. 

Before the game, the 26-year-old told iFollow Iron: “This is the first time I haven’t been able to do anything in the off-season because I picked up an injury just before the second-leg of the play-offs last season. 

“It has been a frustrating time for me as I would normally do my work in the off-season before we come back for pre-season.”

He continued: “It was tough (against Doncaster), but fitness-wise it was good to be able to complete it. I am still trying to get match fit and I am getting fitter with each game.

“Doncaster played very well and stuck to their game plan. They made it difficult for us and were better in possession than us on the night. We can’t dwell on it.”

The Iron remain unbeaten in their first two league games following a 1-1 draw versus Walsall last Saturday.

Clarke said: “We would've liked to have got three points against Walsall, but it is a good start to the league with one win and one draw. 

“We have got a lot to improve on, but with each game we will get better.

“We have just got to focus on ourselves and the way we play, defend and move as a unit. We need to work on that and from then the results will come.”

Another good away following is expected at the Stadium of Light on Sunday and Clarke is thankful for that.

He added: “The fans have brilliant with me and they always show their support home and away.”

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