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▶️Billy Clarke Enjoying Football Under Ian Holloway At Grimsby Town

Billy Clarke is enjoying football under Ian Holloway, ahead of Grimsby Town's Sky Bet League Two clash with Bradford City at Valley Parade

7 February 2020

Grimsby Town forward Billy Clarke says he’s back enjoying football under manager Ian Holloway at Blundell Park.

The Mariners face Stuart McCall’s Bradford City, who are currently eighth-place in the Sky Bet League Two table, at Valley Parade tomorrow (3pm).

And Clarke, who’s scored two goals in five appearances since signing for Town from Plymouth Argyle in January, says the match will be a marker for the Mariners.

He said: “It’s been a good start. The results have been mixed, but the performances have certainly been there.

“The manager knew the way he wanted to play and that’s why he’s brought me in, and I’m familiar with it.

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“He speaks to everyone – he’s so enthusiastic and it rubs off on the lads.

“Everyone’s enjoying it and keeping their minds open to his ideas, and you can see on the pitch what he’s trying to bring to us.

“He’s got us playing well, we’re enjoying it, and personally I’m really happy because I’ve gone back to enjoying my football.

“The key for me is enjoying the football, and the performances come with that.

“It’s part of my game to get involved at the top-end of the pitch and influence games as best I can.

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“I’ve got a couple of goals and made a couple of nice passes here and there, so it’s been good.

“It’s going to be a big game for us tomorrow – it’s going to be a good marker for us.

“And if we bring the performances that we’ve had in the last few games into it, we’ve got every chance of coming away winners.”

And the 32-year-old, who scored 25 goals in 112 league games for the Bantams, is looking forward to seeing the 2,500+ travelling Town fans in the away end tomorrow.

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He said: “I’ve been keeping tabs on that, and we’ve sold 99 per cent of our tickets.

“When that stadium has got a good away crowd, along with their home fans, it’s always a great atmosphere.

“The Grimsby Town fans have been tremendous since I’ve been here – the away following, especially, has been incredible.

“It was a good following at Leyton Orient, and even down at Crawley – they’re long journeys.

“On behalf of the lads, we’re really thankful for the support that we get and it does drive us on.”


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