NATHAN CLARKE wants Town back in clean-sheet mode against Wycombe tomorrow – and he’s got a simple idea for helping bring that about.
Town’s longest-serving player is forging a reliable partnership with skipper Peter Clarke and is keen to underline that fact with a fifth blank for the opposition in six home matches.
Wycombe are starting to find their shooting boots with six goals in their last two outings, but Clarke – disappointed Town conceded to Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup after four previous clean sheets at the Galpharm – is focused on another blemish-free 90 minutes for goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
“All we need to do is give the ball to our frontmen and wingers and go from there!” smiled Nathan.
“The four or five lads who make up our attack are doing the business at the moment – with others joining in as well – so if we keep it tight at the back and then give them the ball, hopefully we can bag a few more goals again.
“The attacking side of things has been working very well for us – we work a lot on the ‘overload’ in training – and we need to just keep on building on that.”
Manager Lee Clark has had Town working on their defensive set-up this week.
“We’ve got to keep the consistency and the gaffer has had us working on one or two things,” explained Clarke, pictured.
“It’s been about our defensive work as a team, not just as a back four, because when lads come back to help out they’ve got to know their roles.”
The Chairboys of Wycombe – including former Leeds player Michael Duberry – will be playing in an all black kit tomorrow as they seek a first League I victory since Bristol Rovers were defeated at the end of August.
Clarke hopes to send them home in a black mood.
“We simply need to keep our momentum going after three very good wins,” said the No6.
“We’ve worked hard to get where we are and if we keep doing the right things, then hopefully it will be enough to register a win.
“It’s been good having selection consistency and everyone knows they can’t under perform.
“The gaffer won’t be scared to shift people out, and the fact we all know there are players waiting to step up who are putting us under pressure just spurs us on.”