LEE CLARK goes head-to-head with rival Nigel Adkins tonight admitting: “I’m jealous of him.”
Sixth-placed Scunthorpe host Town (7.45) desperate for a three-point haul to keep their League I play-off bid on course. For Clark’s 12th-placed side, the match is about pride and putting down a marker for next season.
The Galpharm boss admitted: “If I’m not in Nigel’s situation or even higher in the table this time next year, I’ll be very disappointed.
“I’ll be working very, very hard to make it happen, and as I’ve said many times, what happens in these final matches this season is crucial in terms of which players will and won’t be here next season.”
Both sides aim to bounce back from defeat, Town having slumped 1-0 at home to Southend last Saturday and Scunthorpe 3-2 against Luton in Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley.
“It was a great day for Luton given all the troubles they have had, but they haven’t done us any favours,” added Clark.
“I’ve seen Nigel Adkins’ quotes on how desperate he and his players are to get back to Wembley in the play-offs, and they’ll be going all out to bounce back at our expense. People talk about Nigel being under pressure to get results, but I wish I had that kind of pressure.
“Pushing to be successful is where you want to be, and I’d love to be in their situation tonight. I’m envious, and that feeling will drive me on.”
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Clark, meanwhile, said talks with Andy Holdsworth over a new contract are ongoing. It’s believed the 25-year right-back, who is pushing for a return after an ankle problem, has been offered a three-year deal.
“We’ve been speaking to Andy and his agent this week, and while there’s been no agreement yet, we will keep talking,” he said.
It’s believed striker Danny Cadamarteri is also considering a new contract offer.
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