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Clark Confident Ahead Of West Ham

Ciaran Clark has two reasons for confidence ahead of the West Ham game.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, Clark talked firstly about the boost in confidence our performance against Everton had given the camp:

'We've shown we can do it against good teams, Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City in the League Cup and even in the game against Manchester United, so we just need to back it up with results between now and the end of the season and we believe we can. On the training pitch we've been working hard and that will hopefully equate to greater consistency over the latter part of the season. The belief is there now more than ever.'

Clark focuses on the positives that can be taken from the game, and some of our performances and domination in recent games, but equally there is an eye on our errors, the sloppiness, and the fact we concede way more corners than we can afford to defend, but if we can clear up the errors, we can all hope can't we.

The second boost for Clark was obviously his international debut goal against Poland and the words of Trappatoni who now seems to have accepted he's not a left back (I didn't watch the game, that might be a wild assumption).

Clark described his goal as one of the 'best feeling I've ever had' before the Republic manager spoke about his performance:

'Clark is good. Last year he was not playing so much at Aston Villa but he's strong, confident, can head the ball and he is a good passer of the ball. It's not easy when there is pressure but I talked with the centre backs and I told them there are times when you don't need to take the ball. You can wait because the striker must do something and Clark showed that he is getting more experienced.'

I think the latter part of those words are reference to how quickly Clark likes to take to the floor and invariably ends up booked. That is something he needs to learn as he picks up way too many, when the challenge wasn't strictly required.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 7 2013

Time: 5:32PM

Your Comments

Good advice, alan hansen also pointed out how he is too eager to force things. He needs to learn it is not all about having a battle, its about positional play as well. He is very raw at the moment, hopefully he can learn and turn into a solid defender.
Bikini Inspector
I'm glad someone is.
PiperUK
We have to win the aerial duel on Sunday. Carroll, Collins, and Cole will all be a threat, particularly from set plays, and its important that Cieran and Ronny Vlaar are at the top of their game. There will be other threats of course, but with Jarvis and possibly Vaz Te setting up the chances, it is important our defenders are up to the task. It would certainly be nice to keep an extremely rare clean sheet, failure to do so is all too often our undoing, but whatever happens, we just have to ensure that we are three points better off when the final whistle blows on Sunday afternoon. Over to you Cieran and co.
glensider
Lets just hope for a two half performance, not just one.
Pride of Lions
in terms of air duels, baker is the best at it in defence.
gruck
difficult for the players, they can't say anything other than they are confident etc but obviously the main talking has to be on the pitch.
The Fear
Your right Fear but it might be better if they said nothing other than we give it 100% before a game as Glensider points out the CBs are going to spend a lot of time in the air on Sunday not the best time for giving out comments.
Merlin128777
They make me laugh, footballers. How can he take a positive from a game in which Villa concede 3 goals. That's his department, defence and one of the goals he was completely at fault for.
Villa_Grizzly
 

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