It doesn't matter whether it is right-back, left-back, or on the wing, Josh Clarke just wants to be playing. The 23-year-old has spent most of the last month impressing at left-back after Rico Henry picked up a knee-injury against Middlesbrough at the end of September. The Bees remained unbeaten during Josh’s run on the left-hand side with the defender excelling against former Bees favourite Jota at St Andrew’s a week ago.
Speaking to iFollow Brentford about his switch from right to left, Josh said: “At first it was a bit awkward. However, as long as I am playing, doing a job, and playing well, then I am happy. Jota is a good player and I have played with him so I know his weaknesses. I just played my game and it worked as he had to come off. If the gaffer puts me left-back, right-back, or on the wing then I just have to do a job and play my best.”
After taking 13 points from 15 since the last international break, Brentford’s unbeaten run extends past October and now stands at nine games, the second-longest, behind Manchester City, in England’s top four divisions. With results not matching performances in the early part of the season, Josh feels the recent upturn in form, and march up the table, has been fully deserved based on The Bees’ showings so far this campaign.
“We deserve it,” said Josh. “Our performances have been great so far. We have been working hard and hopefully we can keep climbing the table from where we are. If you take it way back then we have been playing well but haven’t been taking our chances. Now you can see that we are playing well and taking our chances which is paying off. Leeds United are a good team so we were happy to get the win and have the good performance too over the weekend.”
After the international break, The Bees head to South Wales to take on third-placed Cardiff City before six straight games against sides currently in the bottom half. With the confidence among the group, and believing there is still more to come from the team, Josh doesn’t see any reason why the unbeaten run can’t go on and on.
“We are just going to keep working hard, keep learning, and stay together,” explained Josh. “We want to keep working as a team and hopefully carry on the run. There is a lot more to come from everyone, and from the team as a whole, which is the main thing.”