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Clarke: Moving On

Defender says Blues must be better against Bradford

27 October 2017

Pompey defender Matt Clarke in action against MK Dons at Fratton Park

Matt Clarke is keen to move on from Pompey’s poor week on the road.

The Blues can look forward to returning to a packed Fratton Park when they take on Bradford this weekend.

It follows back-to-back away defeats at Doncaster and Blackburn that halted a promising run of form.

And, while accepting there is plenty to learn from those losses, Clarke is focused on facing a side currently sitting third in the League One standings.

He said: “It was a bit embarrassing against Blackburn, so you just want to move on as quickly as possible.

“You have to reflect on what you didn’t do so well and make sure that you do them better in your next game.

"We want to put things right after losing two on the bounce."

Matt Clarke

“There’s always a big crowd at Fratton Park and these are the kind of matches that you want to be involved in.

“We want to put things right after losing two on the bounce and hopefully we’ll be able to do that against Bradford.

“They’re one of the top sides in this division, but we’ll approach it in the same way we would any other game.”

Clarke has watched team-mates Christian Burgess, Conor Chaplin and Gareth Evans bring up a century of Pompey appearances this season and is eager to join the list.

He said: “You don’t really think about it too much and the figure just ticks up. I got to 50 last season and hopefully it will be 100 before I know it.

“It would be quite nice, especially because young players don’t always get the opportunity to start so many games.

“I’ve just got to keep working as hard as I always do. I’m quite laid back, but know how much I want to succeed.”

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