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Jordan Clark | "We're back to how we were last season"

27 August 2022

Club News

Jordan Clark | "We're back to how we were last season"

27 August 2022

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Jordan Clark believes the Hatters are now back in the same groove as last season, but had missed out on a great chance to take an extra two points from Sky Bet Championship leaders Sheffield United.

The Town midfielder put in another first class display in a deeper lying role than he’s been used to in his career, and he reckons he and his team-mates can take confidence from the performance in front of the Sky cameras.

“I thought we dominated the game, against a really good side,” said the 28-year-old. “We probably had ten or 15 minutes in the second half where we weren’t as aggressive and didn’t put them on the back foot as much as we did in the first half, but I thought we finished the game strong.

“They are going to have chances because they’ve got good players, but we are disappointed in the end because I thought it was two points dropped if I’m honest.

“But they’ll be up there at the end of the season so we’ve got to look for the positives. We’ll take a point and move on to Cardiff on Tuesday.”

Town led through Carlton Morris’ tenth-minute header, but were pegged back by Oli McBurnie’s leveller after the break in a match that was a terrific advert for the second tier between two sides who were beaten in the play-offs last term.

“It felt like a good game,” said Clark. “There was a good intensity to it, but you are going to get that. We know how we play at home, and I think teams now, especially after last season, are starting to expect the same as well.

“They’ve got to be on their toes, they’ve got to be ready for a battle, with high energy and to be fair, it takes two to tango, so all credit to them as well. It’s just disappointing, the end result, but we take the positives again and we move on.”

After opening draws against Birmingham and Burnley, then defeat at the hands of Preston and Bristol City, the man known as Clicker insists the Hatters are now starting to click into gear.

He added: “The first couple of games we did ok, but we weren’t ourselves. We weren’t as aggressive and we weren’t on the front foot like we normally are, putting teams under pressure, and we didn’t look as threatening in the final third, where we’ve brought a lot of good players in during the summer.

“But we seem to have got a bit of confidence in from the Swansea game, we went back to how we were last season, so I can feel that we are going to kick on again now and have a good season again.”

And playing in a midfield three alongside Allan Campbell and Luke Freeman, the Yorkshireman revelled in his new role against the Blades hugely respected duo of Ollie Norwood and Sander Berge, with Manchester City loanees James McAtee and Tommy Doyle also in and around that area.

“We knew of their quality, probably one of the best midfields in the Championship, hundred per cent, so we knew we had to be on our game,” said Clark.

“But I think when me, Luke and Allan are all at it, we are a tough three to stop. Obviously we are all dead small, but we’ve got high energy, we get about players and we make it hard for teams.

“We are doing all right at the minute, we’ve just got to start chipping in with more goals and more assists, but I’m sure that’ll come as the season goes on.”

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