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Clarke hails Hill's ‘first-class’ impact at Tranmere

24 November 2020

Peter Clarke heaped praise on the instant impact made by manager Keith Hill as Tranmere maintained their impressive run of results. 
Rovers stretched their unbeaten streak to six matches in all competitions as they moved up to ninth position in the Sky Bet League Two standings. 
Corey Blackett-Taylor’s second-half strike ensured victory for the Whites, who defeated an in-form Carlisle United side. 
Tuesday’s triumph also marked back-to-back clean sheets, taking Tranmere’s league tally to seven shutouts in 14 outings.
“We played well again. In the first-half, we kept the ball well and played through them,” stated Clarke. “In the second-half, they really came and pressed us high and tried to disrupt our flow. I think we managed it well, from set-pieces and open play we dealt with their threat.
“We’ve been picking up with our performances and results have gone hand-in-hand. They’re a side that have been doing well: they pride themselves on their work, endeavour and making it difficult for opponents but we negated their strengths and are pleased to come out of the game with a clean sheet and three points to roll onto the weekend.  
Clarke continued: “Corey is a real threat. When he gets players one-v-one, as a teammate, you like to see him at his best by attacking full-backs and defenders. He did something very similar just before he scored and there was no doubt about it the second time. He has taken it really well, manipulated the ball and it was lovely to see it go in.” 
Tranmere’s latest win represented a first taste of success for the Club’s new manager, who has already made a positive impression since his recent arrival.  
“The gaffer has come in and has been first-class,” declared Clarke. “He has obviously seen a lot throughout his course of time in the game as a player and a coach. He’s not come in and changed a whole host of things and is working collectively with Dawesy and Andy Parkinson. I think the collective management staff are complementing each other really well. The gaffer is there to oversee things and just add that calm and composed head, with a little bit more experience having seen loads of things throughout his managerial time.” 

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