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Clarke: We've used the time effectively and efficiently

3 December 2021

Rovers defender Peter Clarke offered an insight into what has been a strange couple of weeks for Rovers, as the side prepare for a return to action with a trip to Leyton Orient in the second round of the FA Cup at the weekend.

Damage at Prenton Park from Storm Arwen has prevented Rovers from playing their two most recent encounters and Clarke offered a view from the camp on the period, explaining the difficulty of preparing for games that ultimately wouldn't go ahead.

"I suppose looking back at the back end of last season and at times this season, having the period we've had with no games, is a little bit strange.

"At the same time, we were prepared and ready for both games and it was only on the day they were actually postponed. So, you've done all the preparation and you're ready and it's a bit of an anti-climax really when they're postponed.

"But, we've been able to get some good work done on the training ground as well, so we've used the time effectively and efficiently"

As usual around the holidays, football is at the very fore of Rovers attention, Clarke explained why he loves the period of games around the festive period and the opportunities they present.

"It's pretty much the same that excites me the rest of the time, the games. Especially when they come thick and fast, you're playing, you're recovering, you're preparing and then you're at it again.

"There's an opportunity to progress in cup competitions, an opportunity to get points on the board. So, we're prepared for that, we look forward to that and that's something we want to do over the coming weeks."

Clarke also spoke openly about his love affair with the FA Cup describing it as the best cup competition in the world. The cup has presented Clarke with some of the finest moments of his career, including Tranmere's giant-killing triumph over Watford. He explained why he values the FA Cup and his desire to make more history this campaign.

"From a personal point of view, as a kid growing up, FA Cup final day, the build-up was from about half-past 11, you'd be out playing in the yard or on the pitches dreaming the game. It was always the FA Cup final.

"To me, it's the best cup competition in the world, without a doubt. It pits the elite at the top of the tree against teams even further down than ourselves.

"I've had some really fond memories. Coming back at Vicarage Road, beating them in the replay at Prenton Park... fantastic times.

"So, from a playing perspective, we'd love to recreate some more of those times, create new memories, new history and Saturday is maybe an opportunity for us to get closer to that.

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