PETER CLARKE returns to the heart of Town’s defence against Exeter City at the Galpharm tomorrow with boss Lee Clark urging: “Lead us to victory.”
Back at home after 800 miles of travelling – and three disappointing defeats – Clark accepts a first win in seven is vital as Town, so impressive early on, aim to get their season back on track.
Suspended after his red card at Colchester United in League I last Saturday, Clarke watched from the stand as Town lost Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Chesterfield on penalties.
“Peter has already shown everyone what a good player he is,” said Clark, who signed the ex-Everton and Blackpool man from Southend United in the summer.
“He’s a no-nonsense defender and a real leader, an intelligent and honest footballer who will always tell it how it is.
“It’s great to have him back, and while it’s a shame to be without James Berrett (on Republic of Ireland Under 21 duty), with the four lads who also missed out at Chesterfield through knocks or illness (Lee Peltier, Danny Drinkwater, Theo Robinson and Robbie Simpson) available, we’ve effectively got five new players in consideration.
“Now it’s my job to pick the right team to get us that all-important win which would get things up and running again.”