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Tom Clarke: “We Have Nothing To Lose.”

12 April 2017

Captain Tom Clarke has looked forward to Friday’s league game since the fixtures were released.

The North End skipper spent eight years on the books at Huddersfield Town and relishes the opportunity to test himself against his former club. 
“It’s a game that as soon as the fixtures get are out, I look for it,” he said.
“I spent a lot of time there, it’s one I am looking forward to and it’s another big game for us.”
In the last three matches against the Terriers, North End have had better results winning two and losing one.
The loss came last season in a traditional boxing day fixture where the Lilywhites lost 3-1 away at the John Smith’s Stadium. 
Clarke reflected on that game but aims to replicate October’s match against Huddersfield where he got on the score sheet in a 3-1 win. 
“It was a tough result, I think it was near Christmas time that we played against them.A poor result that was frustrating. 
“The game at home this season I think was one of the best performances from us as a team.
“Huddersfield were flying high, like they have been throughout the season, it was a good result. I think they were the best team we played over two games last season. 
“We know it is going to be a difficult game, we know they are doing well but it is just another game to bounce back from what was a poor result at Leeds.”
Huddersfield finished 19th last season but look set to finish in the Play-Off spots this campaign.
Clarke was full of praise for his former club and believes that the lack of pressure on North End could help the Lilywhites cause an upset, saying: “The owner and the chairmen have done really well in recruiting the manager they have got and behind the scenes as well.
“They have got a lot of fans, tickets for kids and they have got a community feel there now.
“They have brought in some fresh players and it seems to have worked. They are a good test but one we are looking forward to.
“We need to go into every game now with confidence. We have got nothing to lose, we have had a brilliant season and to be still in there with a chance of Play-Off’s is great. 
“There is no real pressure on us, we go into it confident and with a mind-set of wanting to win the game and finish as high as possible.”

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