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Clarke Being captain was a real proud moment

Harry Clarke

Harry Clarke was proud to have captained our under-23s to a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Meadow Park on Saturday.

http hg7088.comWith regular captain Robbie Burton missing out, Clarke pulled on the armband as we kept our first clean sheet of the Premier League 2 season.

We spoke to Harry after the game - and this is what he said:

on keeping our first clean sheet of the season…
It’s really good, before the game, Steve emphasised how important it is to get the clean sheet. It’s been tough but I feel like we’ve been unlucky in a few games but the boys dug in today and that was our main target really. It you keep clean sheets you’re more likely to win the game and Tyreece helped us to do.
 
on captaining the side in Robbie Burton's absence…
It felt good, Robbie’s normally wearing [the armband] but he was suspended today. It’s always good and a really proud moment for me and I enjoy doing it. I’m always a leader no matter what, armband or not I try to help the team.
 
on winning successive matches…
http hg7088.com It’s good to get back to winning ways because we’ve had a few draws this season but it’s always a good feeling to claim all three points.

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‘We had to dig deep… it was a real test’

Bould

Steve Bould hailed his youngsters’ performance as we overcame an experienced Villarreal side on Wednesday night.

Goals from Nathan Tormey, Emile Smith Rowe and Trae Coyle secured an impressive Premier League International Cup win against a Yellow Submarine side, who play in the third tier of Spanish football.  

We spoke to Bould after the match and this is what he said:

on the performance…
I thought it was an excellent win, they were a very experienced side and they play in a proper league in Spain. They had a lot more older players than us who have experience in league football so it was a very tough game and they’re a good side, I know we won 3-0 but we had to really dig deep and I’m absolutely delighted with the performance.

on what we learned from the match…
http hg7088.com They learned how to win games because they know every trick in the book and they’ve got far more experience than our lads so it was a real test and it was a proper football game.

on our defensive performance…
http hg7088.com In all fairness I think they hit the post but apart from that I don’t think Karl Hein had to make too many saves. Another clean sheet gives us a real, proper performance against a very good side.

on the physical nature of the match…
I think our lads stood up in every level and they maybe had more possession than us so we had to work really hard, we kept them down to one, maybe two chances and then created quite a few chances ourselves. All round a good night for all of our players.

on the competition…
You can’t buy that experience. For us the more games we can play like today, the better. If we can get matches against teams with experience when we haven’t got a game on, we should be looking to play these kind of teams. It’s just a great experience for us.