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CLARKE WELCOMES OPPORTUNITY

24 March 2014

Peter looking to ‘put things right’ on Tuesday

Town’s Club Captain Peter Clarke has welcomed the opportunity to ‘put things right’ when the Terriers host Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night.

Clarke played all 90 minutes in Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at Blackpool and admitted that the next game can’t come quickly enough.

“It was very, very frustrating on Saturday. We gave them a foot up in the game and from thereon, we didn’t play as well as we have throughout the course of the season. We haven’t hit the standards we set in the early part of the season for a few games now and we need to get back to that level.

“It’s good to have another game so quickly; we’re looking forward to it. We’ll go into it in the right frame of mind and look to put right some of the wrongs that were there this weekend.

“We started the season in good form and recorded some positive results on the back of good performances. Since the turn of the year, it’s not been as good as we would like.

“We have a real opportunity now, starting tomorrow, to finish the season playing as well as we possibly can, reaching the standards we set early on and picking up as many points as we possibly can do.”

After Saturday’s defeat, Adam Clayton explained how personal pride was the ultimate motivating factor for the Terriers at this stage of the season – something Peter echoed. 

“You shouldn’t need any more motivation that personal pride; your own inner drive. It should come from within. We’ve very fortunate to be able to pull on the Huddersfield Town shirt; that should be all the motivation you need, every time you are selected.”

Middlesbrough will arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday night on the back of their own weekend defeat; a 3-1 loss at home to QPR. With Aitor Karanka now in charge, Peter knows they could be a different prospect tomorrow.

“Middlesbrough like to pass the ball, as they did under Tony Mowbray. However, a new Manager brings new ideas and new players. They are also on a run of form they would like to get away from.

“There’s a real opportunity for us to impose ourselves on the game and the opposition on Tuesday night in order to get some points on the board.”

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