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Darrell Clarke's Five Point Preview

15 February 2018

Darrell Clarke spoke to the media for the fourth time since Saturday, as his side look ahead to the final game of a 3-game week at AFC Wimbledon in two days time.

Here's five key topics from the gaffer's Thursday afternoon press conference.

A good week so far...

"It's been a pleasing run we've been on, but it counts for nothing at Wimbledon on Saturday which I'm sure is going to be a tough game."

"Six points off two games is fantastic, we probably would've taken five points out of the week beforehand with the situation we're in but we've got six already."

"We'll go to Wimbledon feeling confident and try to pick up another three points."


"They turned us over earlier in the season, we were very poor on the day and like any team in this division they've got players that can hurt you, certainly Lyle Taylor up top."

"They had a good run of form but now they've hit a brick wall in their last four games but they can quickly turn that around."

"We know they've got a tight, narrow pitch and it'll be a tough game against another team that's fighting for their lives."


"A few of our more reliable players have returned to form of late and the mood in the camp has always been good, the togetherness amongst the squad is fantastic."

"We keep working on our players when they're going through a tough time, we're a solid group."

Sharing the responsibility...

"We always try and instill that we want everyone to chip in with goals and they've done that through the course of the season, we don't just want to rely on the strikers."

"We had a really bad run earlier in the season and the problem at that time we had a number of usually reliable players just hitting a bit of a sticky patch, which can happen to any player at any time."

"We all work on the training ground together to improve as a team and thankfully some of the lads are in good form at the minute."

About the squad not an XI...

"We are where we are with my squad, you build a squad for the course of the season you can't do it with just 11 players."

"I said to the lads before the Oxford game, you might be a squad player that's a match winner for one game and gets you three points."

"Everybody has to play a part at this club and in my squad of players, whether they're playing five minutes, 10 minutes or 50 games a season."

"Some are going to play more than others, some will feel hard done by which I don't mind admitting but that's football, we've just got to stick together as a group."

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