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Clarke Revels In Last-Gasp Winner

Defender reflects on Pompey's dramatic win at Burton

19 April 2019

Matt Clarke celebrates scoring for Pompey at Burton
Photo: Daniel Chesteron/PinPep

There were plenty of a Burton persuasion who were adamant that the goal should not have stood.

But Matt Clarke is not particularly bothered about how he scored Pompey’s stoppage-time winner at Burton.

Suggestions of offside and a handball in the build-up to the late moment of drama were dismissed by the referee.

It meant that the Blues triumphed 2-1 and Clarke was delighted to help keep the Blues’ promotion challenge on track.

The centre-back said: “I haven’t seen the replay and I don’t really care. It doesn’t really matter who scores or how the goal goes in – it’s all about getting the three points.

“The ball just slid across perfectly to me. You see those last-minute winners all the time and it’s nice that it was my turn.

"I haven’t seen the replay and I don’t really care."

Matt Clarke

“It was probably easier to miss and I think the ball might have touched someone else on the way in, so I did my best not to score it!

“That feeling was great because a lot of times it’s been us hanging on to a narrow lead, so it was a different sensation.

“Anyone at the game will probably admit that Burton had the best of it – they’ve got good technical players who used the ball well.

“They play some really nice football and it was tough for us at times, so we really had to dig in for the result.

“But it wasn’t a one-sided affair. We really came into things towards the end and created a few chances.”

Pompey stay in fourth spot despite the result, but know promotion would be secured if they win all their remaining fixtures.

Clarke said: “There are four games to go, but we’re just looking at the next one and gearing up to face Coventry on Monday.”


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