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STRIKER ON DEFEAT

16 September 2012

Clarkson speaks after Gillingham game


Striker David Clarkson faced the press on Saturday, after the 0-4 defeat at the hands of Gillingham.

On an afternoon when his side had hopes of taking something from the league leaders, they were hit by three first half goals and, if truth be told, never really recovered from conceding a fifth minute penalty.

"We came here with high hopes of obtaining a result but, unfortunately, it didn't work out that way and now we have to prepare ourselves for a game at Plymouth on Tuesday. Personally I think it's good that we have another game so soon, and we must prepare well and hope to get a good result down there."

He admitted that conceding that early goal was a blow.

"They are flying, and top of the league, so we always knew it was going to be a hard game. When you concede an early goal it makes things difficult. They got a lift from their penalty and went on to score a second goal after only fifteen minutes.

"We then pushed on to try to get a goal back and then they broke just before half time and managed to get another goal."

There were a number of young players on the pitch come the end, and a distinct lack of experience after the losses of Jim Paterson, Matt Gill and Matt Harrold.

"It was tough for the youngsters, and I've been there myself so I know what it's like. If you are winning games it's brilliant, but if you are losing you all have to dig in and the more experienced players have to help the younger ones through.

"The young boys have to be ready and take their chance when it comes along, but we are a squad and a team and we have to stick together and, hopefully, we will put things right on Tuesday.

"Whilst it's true we are conceding a lot of goals at the moment, we aren't scoring them at the other end either. We would also like to create more chances, so as a group we have to be stronger at both ends of the pitch.

"We need to put things right for ourselves, and the fans, especially those who travelled up here this afternoon."


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