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CLAYTS EAGER TO BUILD ON WIN

20 April 2013

Adam discusses victory over Millwall

Adam Clayton wants to build on today’s 3-0 home win over Millwall and get Town’s npower Championship status cemented as quickly as possible.

The midfielder played his part in the win, which was sealed by a Jermaine Beckford brace and James Vaughan’s 10th of the season, and admitted they’ve missed the winning post-match feeling on their own turf.

“There’s a great feeling in the home dressing room; one we’ve not had for a while,” Adam told htafc.com. “Getting three points today has kept things in our hands, which is probably the most important thing you can have in football going into these final two games.”

Adam set up Vaughan for the vital second goal early in the second-half, which effectively killed the game off as a contest.

He continued: “It was nice to get an assist – it’s as good as a goal for me. It was a nice little pass and Vaughany finishing like that took the pressure off the game at just the right stage. We were threatening for the second goal and when we needed it, we got it.”

Clayton was full of praise for striker Beckford, who put Town ahead with the cutest of finishes after robbing Lions skipper Danny Shittu of the ball on the dead ball line.

“Jermaine’s first was a brilliant finish. He does that in training and sometimes it goes four miles over the bar, but he just shrugs it off! When it comes to the match day, he does that – that’s why people have spent the money on him that they have and why he’s played in the Premier League. Becks’ finishing in the last couple of games could be the difference in keeping us up.”

Now that three points are in the bag this afternoon, Clayton and the rest of the Town squad is targeting another win at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate next weekend.  

“We’re talking about people’s livelihoods here. People like Peter Clarke and Jack Hunt have worked hard for years to get to where they are now and they don’t want to let this division go. It’s the same for the boys who came in this season – we’re equally as eager.

“If we do stay up everyone will grow. We’ll know what to expect from the division and I don’t think we’ll be in this situation again. 

“Bristol City has already been relegated and that will relax them and allow them to play their football, so we know it will be a tough game. However, if we can nick three points there I think we’ll be alright.

“We wanted to confirm our place in the Championship miles before this stage in the season. I think the home game against Charlton was a massive opportunity, because you only have to look how they have done since – we were level on points at the time. It’s a crazy league, but we’re disappointed to be here and we want to have things sorted as quickly as possible.”

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