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Clarke: Every Game Like A Cup Final

Defender excited to be involved in play-off chase after Plymouth draw

14 April 2018

Pompey defender Matt Clarke

Matt Clarke has mixed feelings about Pompey’s goalless draw with Plymouth at Home Park.

The result keeps both sides in contention for a play-off space as they chase a second successive promotion.

But the Blues almost had a better result to celebrate, with a goal-line clearance and the crossbar coming to Argyle’s rescue late on.

Clarke is not too frustrated by the result, however, and is excited about the fierce battle for the top six.

The defender said: “It’s hard to come to a place like Plymouth and be disappointed to leave with a point.

“There are definitely positives for us to take from the way we played and how we went about it, although there was certainly a big case for us to have won.

"I felt that if the game had gone on for an extra 10 minutes then we would definitely fancy our chances of winning."

Matt Clarke

“The defender did well to recover at the end and clear Jamal Lowe’s shot, while Brett thought he should have been given a penalty.

“I felt that if the game had gone on for an extra 10 minutes then we would definitely fancy our chances of winning.

“These are the sort of games you want to be involved in, although you almost expect that atmosphere when you’re representing a club like Pompey.

“We’re all feeling optimistic and will do everything we can in these final few fixtures to get where we want to be.

“There’s that cup final feel to every match at the moment, so we’re looking forward to what lies ahead.”

The Devon stalemate meant that Pompey have now kept four clean sheets from their past six fixtures.

Clarke said: “We can take positives from that and there weren’t many chances for us to deal with throughout the game.”


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