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Win Needed To Kick On

31 October 2013

Tom Clarke is eager for PNE to return to winning ways at Deepdale against Tranmere Rovers, using three points as a catalyst for the next few games.

November is a big month for the Lilywhites with six matches scheduled to take place and Clarke is hoping to kick it off in a positive manner against the men from the Wirral on Saturday.

In an exclusive interview with PNE.Com, the North End No.5 said: “It is a game we need to win, we are at home, it will be a tough game.

“They have had a few good results in the past couple of weeks, so we know it is going to be a tough game, but we are at home and we want to put it to them and get the result we need.

“They have got some good results recently against some good teams, but like I say, we are at home and we need the result to kick us on to a tough away game at Leyton Orient after that.

“This league is difficult, you need to get consistency and I think you will kick on because teams can beat anyone in this league.

“A bit of consistency and a few good results, it puts you up there and in contention.”

With Prenton Park and Deepdale separated by less than 50 miles, a large crowd could be on the cards this Saturday and Clarke is hoping that the atmosphere generated will help PNE start quick in a bid to get that all important first goal.

“The atmosphere is always very good and it is not too far for them so they will bring a few and it should make for a good atmosphere and a good game,” added Clarke.

“It is important to make a good start in games.

“When teams come to us, they play behind the ball and make it difficult and sometimes that frustrates you and you try and play and they hit you on the break.

“That happened against Crewe and it could happen against Tranmere.

“We just need to be patient and move the ball a lot quicker than we did against Crewe and hopefully get the chances and put one away.”

Solid defensive performances were the launch pad for Preston’s fantastic start to the season, a start which seen them keep six cleansheets in ten matches and with that sturdiness returning against Notts County, the defender is hoping for more defensive consistency again going forward.

“As a defender, we just aim to get them cleansheets and make a base for the forwards,” stated Clarke.

“We know we are always going to create chances and hopefully we can put some of them chances away and chip in with a few from around the pitch as well.”

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