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Clark: I think we deserved the win

Stanley's midfielder reviews the 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons

1 September 2019

Accrington Stanley midfielder Jordan Clark earned the man of the match award in the 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons and he admitted that it was an enjoyable game to play in and that the club deserved the win.

The Reds scored two second half goals to come from behind to earn the victory, and Clark explained that he was feeling nervous going into the final quarter of an hour of the game.

"It was enjoyable really, a bit nervous the last 10 or 15 minutes, but they're a good side so it was always going to be a tough game.

"I think we started well in the first half, got in their faces early and put a bit of pressure on them and obviously we gave a cheap goal away, but it's just one of them and you've got to react.

"We got a bit of a kick up the backside at half-time and we came out for the second half and we were on the front foot again and started really well.

"I think we deserved the win, so yes it was nice and it was a big relief."

Clark was heavily involved in Stanley's first goal as it was his shot that was saved well by Lee Nicholls before it hit Colby Bishop and bounced into an open net, and Clark admits that Bishop is getting better with every game he plays.

"He's very confident at the minute, you can see that in his play, his link up play is getting better and better and obviously being an attacking midfielder playing off him, it's great for me as well.

"He'll take those goals all day long, coming off your shinpad and going into the back of the net, it was his shinpad or his kneecap, I don't know which one it was.

"I couldn't believe he saved my shot really but that's a good striker for you, being in the right place at the right time it's no fluke, but I'm sure he'll get more goals like that."

With Sean McConville out through suspension, Joe Pritchard came into the side as his replacement and Clark was keen to heap the praise on the midfieder who provided the assist for Mark Hughes' winning goal.

"It was a great ball from Joe, I thought he was brilliant today, he created a lot of chances and he's always a threat, especially going into the final third."

The Dons thought they had grabbed an equaliser in injury time but the goal was disallowed for offside, and Clark admits that it was a nerve-wracking moment for himself and the rest of the team.

"I was up on the right side and I thought it was offside straightaway, and obviously it took a while to decide it, but when the referee is running over and having a conversation it's nerve-wracking, especially when you feel like you deserve to win.

"Sometimes it goes against you and sometimes it goes for you, and luckily today it went for us.

"We've tried to keep positive but when you're losing games it's difficult, you've got to stick together as a team and as a squad, we back each other up especially on a Saturday and a Tuesday, and we've been playing well.

"We've got to go again and it'll do us the world of good."


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