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Clarke ready for Carlisle battle

22 December 2023


Clarke ready for Carlisle battle

22 December 2023

Robins manager Darrell Clarke spoke with the local press ahead of this weekend's trip to Cumbria to take on Carlisle United.

Just three points seperate the two sides ahead of the crunch clash at Brunton Park and Clarke and his side are prepared to go to war.

“They’re in the bottom four with ourselves so it’s a big game," began Clarke.

"It’s a big game for both teams but we’re going there like we do in any game; we’re going to try and win the game.

"It’s a long journey but that’s no excuse, we’ll be ready for a battle because that’s what it might be. We’ve got to be ready for that and then we have to recover and go again on Boxing Day."

The Robins will be boosted by the return of striker Rob Street for the game as he returns from suspension following his red card in the 2-0 win over Oxford back in late November.

Clarke spoke on getting Street back into the side and the qualities he has and brings to the team.

“It seems to have been an awful long time since he got sent off but he’s been training really well," continued Clarke.

"We’ve got plenty of work into him and it’s good to have Rob back available.

"He’s a model pro. He gets his head down and gets on with his work. He’s a nice lad and a lad you want to see do well in the game because he has all the right attributes to be able to kick on."

Clarke will be looking to pick his team up and bounce back from last weekend's late defeat to Leyton Orient.

The two late goals were a real suckerpunch to the Robins manager and his team, but this week has been full focus on picking things up and going again.

“Monday we had a reset after the game. We picked things up and made things positive.

"Obviously with the way the game panned out, two goals in the last five minutes was heartbreaking but we said we’ve just got to put that behind us quickly. We were disappointed but let’s keep the place positive.

“We’ve got a massive 12 points to play for over the Christmas period so we'll be working hard on the training pitch and the classroom to get it right."

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