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Clark: Hopefully we can do it for the fans

Stanley's Jordan Clark looks ahead to tomorrow night's Quarter-Final clash with Salford City

20 January 2020

Accrington Stanley winger Jordan Clark is hoping to give the fans a performance to cheer about when the Reds face Salford City tomorrow night in the Leasing.com Trophy Quarter-Finals.

John Coleman's side come into the game on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Southend United, and Clark admits that they've got to learn from their mistakes and put them right tomorrow night.

"It was disappointing to lose, I thought we played okay during the first half and created a lot of chances but if you don't take them then you don't win games.

"The second half performance was really disappointing, we didn't do anything what had been working for us which was strange and I'm glad that we've got another game tomorrow night.

"They'll be a good side and they've got good players, but we've got to learn from our mistakes and put them right tomorrow night because it's a big game for us."

Saturday's defeat means that the Reds are seven points above the relegation zone, and Clark knows how important it is to start extending the gap between themselves and the teams at the bottom end of the table.

"We look back at our results and you'd probably say that we do struggle with those type of games, they didn't come out and press us and we had a bit more of the ball in the first half.

"We knew what kind of game it was going to be, it was never going to be a pretty game and it was always going to be a battle.

"They're fighting for their lives because they're struggling down at the bottom, but we're disappointed because it was a game that we needed to win to extend the gap between ourselves and those teams closer to the bottom end of the table.

"We're looking forwards rather than backwards but with a disappointing result like the one on Saturday, we've got to move on quickly and take our thoughts to tomorrow night."

The game on Saturday was Clark's first since returning from a hamstring injury, but the winger explained that he felt fine and that he's still match fit.

"I've not been away for too long, it's only been one game in the league and then the Fleetwood game.

"I'm still match fit and I felt fine to be honest, I felt good in the first half and I feel like I fitted back in well.

"I was happy but the result and the performance changes your mood, and ultimately that's the main thing."

Stanley progressed from the Round of 16 of the Leasing.com Trophy by beating Fleetwood Town on penalties, but the 26-year-old is adamant that he wants to get the win in 90 minutes tomorrow night.

"You always want to win in 90 minutes because penalties are a lottery, and it's who can handle their nerves on the night.

"Playing well and getting back to how we know we can play is the main aim because we're at the Quarter-Final stage now, and we want to go all the way to Wembley.

"It would be a great day out for everyone at the club and it would be massive for us players because I've never been there myself, so we're looking forward to fighting for the chance to play there."

The Reds are expected to take a large following to the Peninsula Stadium, and Clark is hoping he can give the travelling fans something to cheer about come the end of the game.

"They support us well which is all we can ask for as players.

"It's a local game for us as well which is massive, so hopefully we can do it for the fans."


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