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Tom Clarke: "That's Not What We're About"

17 September 2016

PNE skipper Tom Clarke took to PNE PlayerHD to apologise to the travelling fans after North End were beaten against Brentford.

The Lilywhites went into the final third of the game just a goal down, but four goals in the last 16 minutes condemned the Lilywhites to a 5-0 defeat.

Clarke spoke to the club's media channel about his shock to the defeat admitting the loss was not what PNE have built themselves on over the last three years. 

"In the first half we started really well - we was very much in the game and playing on the break," Clarke said.

"For the start of the second-half, we were still in the game but then obviously Marnick (Vermijl) came off injured and we're down to ten.

"We were still attacking even though we were a man down and two goals down but we needed to stick together and we didn't do that.

"We had players running all over and it was up to the experienced players to tell the inexperienced players to get back in and hold the shape because at that stage, it was always difficult to win the game."  

Clarke continued: "It's frustrating for us and the fans and I want to apologise to them; since I've been here that's not what we're about, we've always been solid in defence and I've never been on the end of one of them before; it's so disappointing for us and the travelling fans.

"We'll be in tomorrow and watch that back; the next game now is Tuesday (against Bournemouth) to get some pride back and that's what we'll do and we'll work hard on the training pitch and work on Bournemouth."

    To hear more from Tom Clarke as well as the words of SImon Grayson, head to PNE PlayerHD here. 

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