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Peter Clarke on Wednesday's Leasing.com Trophy match against Oldham

12 November 2019

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Fleetwood Town defender, and former Oldham Athletic captain spoke ahead of Wednesday's Leasing.com Trophy match against the Latics.

Clarke left Oldham over the summer, having picked up their Player of the Season award for a second season running.

The Cod Army go into the game third in Group B, and they will guarantee a place in the knock-out stages with a win inside 90 minutes.

If the game is drawn, Town can still progress, providing they win on penalties where an extra point is up for grabs.

Here’s what defender Peter Clarke had to say ahead of the game:

On coming up against his former club…

“Anytime you come up against a former club, it’s always a game you look forward to. It’s one that I’m certainly looking forward to and it’s one we want to win, we need to win to progress.

“They’ve changed from my time there. Looking back 12 months ago we had a really, really capable squad, a strong squad. Through the course of the season for various reasons, the group of players moved on, and even since the end of the last campaign, there has been a lot of outgoings and similar in terms of the incomings.

“Personally I don’t know all of the players they’ve got there but they’ll certainly pose threats up front and in the wide areas. But we’ve got threats of our own that we will aim to utilise and give ourselves the best chance.”

On the results different permutations...

“As a group we are aware of the different permutations. We’ll be set up, we’ll be ready to go into the game to win it in the 90 minutes.

“If it takes longer then so be it, but all the work we’ve done over the last couple of days will give ourselves the best opportunity to win the game.

“From a personal point of view, you go into every game wanting to win. Tomorrow evening will be no different.

“We’ll prepare in the best possible way we can. The aim is to always give the best account of ourselves and when we do that we give ourselves a real opportunity of winning no matter who we’re playing.”

On the dream of playing at Wembley...

“When you start off in the group stages, I suppose it’s not always at the forefront of everyone’s mind, but ultimately the final of this competition is played at Wembley.

“People go through a long career and don’t necessarily get the opportunity to play there. It’s a real opportunity for us as a group, and to go to Wembley and play there is a fantastic occasion for any footballer.”

Watch Peter Clarke's full interview on iFollow.


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