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24 August 2012

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Skipper’s message following opening two games

Peter Clarke told that there is a positive atmosphere in the camp following the opening two fixtures but admits there is room for improvement.

“We are very positive,” said the Skipper. “We have gained a point from the first two games and we do feel a little bit hard done by, but I don’t think that the majority of the clubs in the division will have had as tougher start as we have had.

“Cardiff have been up near the top of the league for the past two or three seasons and Nottingham Forest are a well-established Championship side. Come the end of the season I think both of those teams will be around the play-off places. Although Forest probably had the better of the possession on Tuesday night I felt that we had good chances to score. I think a point was well deserved and I think we deserved more at Cardiff, but that is the way it goes sometimes.  

“We had limited Cardiff to very little during the 90 minutes and a piece of good fortune won them the game. We need to learn from what happened and use it as a positive.”

Town have only conceded two goals ahead of tomorrow’s match against Burnley and Peter is pleased with the way the defensive unit is performing. 

“As a back five I think we have coped well so far. Cardiff didn’t create too many chances against us and although Forest had more chances than we would have liked, as a group we are relatively happy with the way things are going. There is still room for improvement obviously but we will work hard on the training ground and hopefully that will show on a match day.”

Speaking about his defensive partner Joel Lynch, Peter added: “Joel is a talented individual who gets on with his job and does it with minimal fuss. He is also a good communicator on the pitch.” 

A feature of Simon Grayson’s squad is the amount of competition for places all over the pitch and Peter knows that Anthony Gerrard is waiting in the wings if he isn’t performing at 100%.

“No player within the squad can afford to rest on their laurels and I include myself in that completely. Anyone who isn’t doing the business is putting their position at risk. I certainly don’t want to be out of the team; I missed too many games last season through injury so I have had enough of a break out of the team and will be doing my all to keep a hold of my place.”

To finish Peter spoke about Jordan Rhodes and the current speculation surrounding the striker. 

“Jordan is a quiet lad, who is very grounded and a thoroughly nice guy. He is well aware of all the speculation but he isn’t allowing his head to be unduly turned. He knows that there is a job to do here and he is getting on with that. He is doing his best for the football club.”

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