Clarke not afraid to fight

Billy Clarke celebrates after scoring for Sheffield United
Billy Clarke celebrates after scoring for Sheffield United
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Billy Clarke insists the competition for places at Blackpool doesn’t scare him one bit.

The frontman found himself on the bench at Middlesbrough – his first game back after a loan spell at Sheffield United.

The 24-year-old did well when he came on, helping the Seasiders to equalise and claim a point.

But Clarke is well aware that Ian Holloway has 11 attackers to choose from – Daniel Bogdanovic, Brett Ormerod, Tom Ince and fit-again Elliot Grandin didn’t even make the bench at the Riverside, while Lomanu LuaLua was axed for missing a pre-match team meeting.

However, Clarke is not fazed by what he’s up against. “The competition is fierce but I am confident I can get in,” said the former Ipswich attacker, who became a cult hero at Bramall Lane after some fine displays.

“I like to think I can play and make a difference for the better.

“But I’m sure all the boys will think the same thing. They will all want to be in the team.

“ I didn’t see any of the games while I was away (on loan) but it’s good we’ve been winning games.

“I am just happy to be back and looking forward to getting stuck in, impressing the manager and trying to win a place in the side.”

Clarke and fellow Blades loan man Matt Phillips are hoping to start against Birmingham on Saturday.

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