Skipper Clarke on Birmingham and Town’s start
Huddersfield Town Captain Peter Clarke is delighted with the Club’s start to the new npower Championship season after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Birmingham City – but stressed that there is a lot of hard work ahead of the team.
Clarke helped his side to another clean sheet and three points that elevated the Terriers to sixth in the table after 10 games and he admitted it was just what the doctor ordered after two home defeats.
“It’s an important three points. Collectively we’d be lying if we said we weren’t disappointed with the previous two results and performances, so to go away from home to one of the top teams – one of the favourites for promotion in the division – and get a result is great,” Peter told htafc.com.
“We are quite well placed; it’s been a decent enough start, but that’s all it has been. We’re not going to get carried away, but to go into the international break on the back of a good performance and win is good.
“We knew this league wasn’t going to be easy, but there is a belief and some talent within the group and, barring one or two, the majority of us have some knowledge of this level.
“The new lads that the Manager has brought in have proven to be shrewd signings. They have integrated into the group really well, which is great. We’re all signing from the same hymn sheet.
“There are one or two niggles around the squad and this little bit of time will allow bodies to recover and players to recharge. Come a fortnight’s time, hopefully we will all be fighting fit and raring to go again.”
Peter was full of praise for Town’s new-look strike force, which combined to score the only goal of the game at St. Andrew’s at the weekend.
“Vaughany (James Vaughan) and Becks (Jermaine Beckford) were brilliant for us today; they had a great work ethic and I think they are a good foil for each other. Jermaine finished his chance ever so well and it’s nice to have people up there that you know are going to get you goals.
“They are both hungry individuals and they both have a desire to play, work hard, score goals and succeed. They are great ingredients for strikers.
“The fact that the Manager and Jermaine have worked together before can only be beneficial; they know each other’s qualities and how each other work. Hopefully that will bring the best out of everyone and we’ll reap the rewards with Jermaine’s goals.”
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