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Clarke expecting tough test at Southend

10 January 2020

Tranmere Rovers centre-back Peter Clarke expects a tough test down at Southend United on Saturday afternoon, though he is confident of three points at Roots Hall.

Micky Mellon’s men return to Sky Bet League One action for the first time in ten days on the Essex coast this weekend, with Clarke due to come up against his old side, where he made over 100 appearances between 2006-2009.

And the experienced defender is positive about TRFC’s chances away at Sol Campbell’s Shrimpers.

Clarke said: “We have a tough game down at Southend on Saturday, one which we want to give a good performance and get points on the board.

“There is a real good group of lads and a real good group of staff. There is a togetherness and we all want to do well for the Football Club and that is paramount because it is vitally important that players work hard and do their best.

“I see no reason why we can’t pick up points, move up the league and have a good end to the season.

“Going up two divisions it was always going to be difficult, it was always going to take time to settle, but there is lots and lots of good signs that we have a good group of players that know how the manager wants to work.”

Clarke made his Rovers debut as he started in last Saturday’s 3-3 comeback draw at Premier League club Watford in the Emirates FA Cup third-round, and he is looking forward to kicking on in a white shirt.

He added: “I’ve been here just over a week and I feel really at home from the first moment I walked into the Club.

“I knew kind of what to expect in terms of the Club having played here on numerous occasions so I was delighted to get it sorted and get in, and I can’t wait for the games to come thick and fast now until the end of the season.”

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