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Josh Clarke on Derby County thrashing: "I’ve just been focussing on playing and trying to earn my spot"

14 April 2017

Defender puts in great display as Bees thrash Rams.

Defender Josh Clarke was awarded man of the match in a game where Brentford ripped Derby County’s Play-Off ambitions in half. The 22-year-old was part of a back four that kept their third clean sheet in four games to move up to 11th place.

Coming in for the injured Maxime Colin, Josh has proved a more than worthy replacement.

“I’ve just been focussing on playing and trying to earn my spot,” said Josh. “Every game, I play my heart out and that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Derby piled on the pressure early in the second half but could not live with Brentford’s tenacity, spirit and skill, with three goals after the break without reply.

“After the second goal they stepped up a bit,” said Josh. “We carried on trying to score goals and we did that. Anyone that comes down and we’re on our game, it will be tough for any team and try and beat us.

“It’s one of those things where you have to defend first before you attack. Alongside me you’ve got Harlee Dean, who’s always talking to me. I’m learning but it means a lot to me to keep working hard and keeping a positive mind set and keep going, to be myself, and the team are helping me to push through.”

With Josh’s good form, Dean Smith will have a selection headache when Maxime returns from injury.

“It’s in the gaffer’s hands,” said Josh. “Whatever happens, happens. I just have to be positive if I’m in the side or out of it.”

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