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31 August 2013

Clarke reflects on Barnsley defeat

Peter Clarke believes a fortnight of hard work on the training ground will stand Town in good stead after today’s 2-1 Championship defeat at Barnsley.

Peter, who was sporting a noticeable bump on his nose after an accidental clash with Barnsley striker Marcus Pedersen inside the first 30 seconds of the game, believes Town improved as the game went on after a disappointing start that heralded two early goals for the hosts.

“I don’t know if it was even a game of two halves, because as the first half wore on we got better,” Peter told

“We gave ourselves a little bit too much to do, but we were a lot better in the second half. Although we scored fairly early in the second-half, we just couldn’t find that second goal, which I thought we probably deserved on the balance of the game.” 

Town’s improvement in the second-half seemed to coincide with a switch in formation to 4-3-3, which saw the Town skipper deployed in an unusual full back role. 

“The Manager wants us to be quite fluid and adaptable so that we can change shape when required without changing personnel,” Peter continued.

“I’ve played there before, albeit a good few years ago. I made my professional debut for Everton at right back, so it’s not completely alien. The Manager asked me to do a job there for the good of the team and, just like the rest of the lads, I was only too willing to do what was required.

“There have been spells where Joel has found himself at left back and today I moved to right back. Generally the principles of defending are the same.”

The defeat at Oakwell ended Town’s five match unbeaten run in all competitions and Peter believes the start to the season has still been positive:

“There’s no need to panic, of course. We’re not pleased with the result today, but we can still be relatively happy with our start to the season. That said there is still work to be done. 

“We would have liked to go into the international break on the back of a positive result but that isn’t the case. We now have a fortnight before our next game and we’ll be back on the training pitch putting plenty of work in.”

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