Clarke: We can’t wait to put a lot of things right
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Orient captain keen for side to make amends at Rochdale
Leyton Orient captain Nathan Clarke admits the players that started the 6-1 loss to MK Dons are desperate to make up for that result against Rochdale this evening.
Fabio Liverani’s men face Dale at Spotland Stadium needing a response after suffering a five-goal defeat on Saturday that saw them drop back into the bottom four.
O’s skipper admits they need to stick together and prove people wrong by beating Keith Hill’s Rochdale tonight.
“We need everybody to stick together,” said Clarke. “I know it is a tough one to take, but it is one we put to the back of our minds and focus on Rochdale.
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“I hope we can get the fans on our side again and we will be desperately trying our best to do that.
“So many of us were not at the races against MK Dons and we will be desperate to get our place in the starting 11.
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“We have a point to prove, not only to ourselves, but the fans, the manager and family and friends. We want to prove people wrong and go out there and put in a good performance.
“I can’t wait to play Rochdale. We are disappointed about the MK Dons result, but we can’t wait to put a lot of things right.”
Clarke admits, with just three games remaining, they can’t focus on the negatives that occurred on Saturday.
He believes Orient need to forget about everything that has happened and just concentrate on winning matches because it still remains in their own hands.
A victory against Rochdale would take O’s out of the bottom four, and Clarke is keen to make amends.
He added: “Being captain it is important to get round as many people as possible and put the 6-1 defeat to the back of our minds. It is over with now; there is nothing we can do about it.
“There is no time now in the season to be sat looking through videos over what we have done wrong and what we have done right.
“It is possibly a physiological blow to drop back into the bottom four, but we just know we need to win games. It is not a case of working out who is playing who and where we are in the league, we know winning games is going to get us out of trouble. It is down to us to put that into practise.”
The Brisbane Road captain did praise the display of Jay Simpson, who scored Orient’s consolation on Saturday.
“He worked hard and possibly at times on his own up there,” added Clarke. “He has got his goal and it is a positive for him and hopefully that gives us that little extra bite against Rochdale.”