LEE CLARK watched Town stretch their winning run to five straight matches with a hard-fought 2-1 home triumph over Hartlepool and admitted: "I knew this type of test was coming."
Town, now third in League I, had scored six goals in each of their previous two games, and the manager pointed out: "I’ve been in football long enough to know that six-goal tallies don’t come along all that often.
"We’ll have to come through a lot more games like this if we are to get promoted, so it was very pleasing to take a deserved three points."
Town went behind to Gary Liddle’s 19th-minute header but responded with a Robbie Williams winner (67 minutes) after forcing an own goal by Pools’ Peter Hartley (54).
Clark added: "To go behind when we did then come back the way we did was terrific, and we certainly deserved the victory.
"We didn’t pass the ball well enough in the first half, but in the second, we got it out wide, had runners off the ball and created shooting chances.
"We could have scored more than the two goals in the second half, but we’ll take 2-1. These are the kind of games that teams who want to do anything dig in and win, and we did that.
"It’s good to be up in third place, but there are only 17 games gone. We can’t start getting ahead of ourselves, we have to take it one game at a time, with Swindon tomorrow our next focus, and remain consistent."
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