LEE CLARK emerged from watching Town chalk up their second successive 4-0 home win to announce: “I’m already thinking about Oldham Athletic on Sunday.”
The manager is determined to guide his seventh-placed side to a first away win in six attempts after seeing Leyton Orient fall to goals by Gary Roberts (first-half stoppage time), Nathan Clarke (57th minute), Michael Collins (74th) and Jordan Rhodes (90th) in front of a crowd of 10,827 (208 away fans, 13,396 tickets issued).
Town are unbeaten at home this season and have kept four straight clean sheets at the Galpharm, and Clark continued: “If we can get our away form to even 60% of our home form then there’s only one way we’ll go – up the table.
“We know it’s an area we must address, and Sunday’s game is going to be a big one for all sorts of reasons. We’ll work hard all week and we’ll be ready.”
Clark hailed the overall team effort, explaining: “I have a fantastic bond with these players. After my family, they are the most important people in my life, and they would run through a brick wall for me.
“A lot of them I’ve brought to the club, but the ones I’ve inherited have been brilliant too.”
Former Ipswich man Roberts falls into the latter category, and Clark added: “From the day I walked into the club, I thought he was an exciting player.
“When we had our bad run he lost a bit of confidence, but it seems to be back in abundance.
“Anthony Pilkington is the same, and he’s a player I think can go as far as he wants to go in the game.
“Lionel Ainsworth also has unbelievable assets – pace, technique and quality in both feet, and I feel terrible when I have to leave some of these lads out of the starting XI or even the squad.
“My match-winning players, the ones who make things happen in the final third, are coming back into form.
“All three widemen who were on the pitch at some point were creating chances for our attackers.
“We could have scored more, and I think our general performance both with and without the ball wasn’t as good as at Charlton (where Town lost 2-1).
“But we’re making this place a fortress, and once again we created plenty of chances, and we had some great opportunities before our first goal went in.
“It looked like we were going to go in at half-time level, which would have given Orient something to hang on to.
“But Gary took one of his harder chances very well and it set the tone for the rest of the game and at times, our attacking play was sensational.”Related content