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CLARKE: I'M IMPROVING ALL THE TIME

22 January 2016

Defender interviewed in Saturday's programme

Matt Clarke is enjoying his football education on the south coast.

The 19-year-old centre-back has produced plenty of assured performances since arriving on loan from Ipswich last summer.

He had to be patient after a spell out of the side before Christmas, but is now firmly back in contention.

And Clarke believes that his season with Pompey will help him improve as a player.

“It’s been great to be back in the side in the past few weeks,” he says in the award-winning matchday magazine for Saturday’s clash with Oxford.

“It wasn’t nice for Burge when he got injured and missed out, but you just need to get on with it and I had to make sure that I took my chance to impress the manager.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve performed overall, but I didn’t come here as the finished article. I’ve got a lot to learn and playing games is the best way to do that.

“There will be mistakes along the way, but by the end of the season you’ll hopefully have seen a big change.”

To read the full interview – where Clarke also discusses his first senior goal and Pompey’s youthful defence – pick up a copy of the matchday magazine from programme sellers on Saturday.

Also in issue 19, Ben Davies dishes the dirt on his team-mates and Paul Jones selects his dream team.

We take an in-depth look at Oxford before delving into the archives to take a walk down memory lane.

There are also exclusive columns from chairman Iain McInnes, manager Paul Cook and skipper Michael Doyle.

All this and much, much more in a packed 84 pages is available for just £3.

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