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Clarke seeking special victory

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke says victory at Accrington Stanley would be a significant result for Oxford United

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke says victory at Accrington Stanley would be a significant result for Oxford United

First published in United News Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

Ryan Clarke believes a win for Oxford United at Accrington Stanley tonight would be viewed as one of the team’s best results of the entire campaign.

The U’s head to Lancashire looking to consolidate their place in the npower League Two play-off positions on the back of a goalless draw at high-flying Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Clarke has been instrumental in the side’s consistent form in recent months, and has been beaten just once from open play in the last four games.

The goalkeeper thinks there is still more to come from Chris Wilder’s side and would value a victory at Accrington highly.

He said: “It’ll be a tough game, to get a result at places like this makes your season because it gives you a good sense of satisfaction to go somewhere like that and get a result.

“You could say we’re in top gear at the moment because we’ve only lost two in 19 games.

“The record speaks for itself, but who’s to say if we do need to push on again we can’t do it?”

Stanley average gates of just over 1,700 at the Crown Ground – the lowest in the Football League – but Clarke is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “It’s a good old school ground, don’t get me wrong I prefer playing in front of 40,000, but I like playing at these places.

“You sometimes get a better atmosphere than in a big stadium with hardly anyone there.

“It’s a tight ground and not the best pitch, but if we can get a win then we’ll have taken four points from two difficult away games – I’m sure we would’ve taken that as a group of players.”

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