Clark: We need to show more belief in front of goal

Town fail to find the net once more in Swansea defeat

By Mike Simmonds
Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 9:42 am
Jordan Clark moves forward against Swansea
Jordan Clark moves forward against Swansea

Luton midfielder Jordan Clark has urged his side to show a bit more belief in themselves when in front of goal.

The Hatters drew yet another blank at the weekend in their 1-0 home defeat to Swansea City, their 16th of the Championship season to date.

It wasn’t as if Town weren’t without their chances though, as like a number of the other matches where they haven't troubled the scorers, they did more than enough to have left with a positive result, with Clark saying: “We’ve got to believe in ourselves a bit more.

"We’re a good side, they're second in the league and we probably played them off the pitch really, but just what’s let us down this season is scoring goals.

"It’s the most important thing in football as we played really well to be fair, but if you don’t score goals you don’t win games.

"It’s been a factor of the season to be honest, as far as performance goes we were fantastic, but just that final third, being clinical, which we were missing.

“We put them under pressure all game, they were sat in, trying to catch us on the break and we gave them a leg up early on which you can’t do in this league.

"You’re chasing the game from the third, fourth minute, it’s a tough time as you’ve got to break teams down and they’ve got good players who can catch you on the break and punish you.

"It’s a shocking goal to give away and it gives you a mountain to climb in this league because the top teams in the league, it’s hard when it’s 0-0, never mind 1-0 down after three minutes.

"So a disappointing start, but we played well, it's just that bit of a clinical side to us which we were missing."

Clark himself was one of the culprits as in a left wing-back role, he started the game impressively, breaking into the area, only to curl wide of the post with Swans keeper Freddie Woodman beaten.

After the break, he then couldn’t connect with a header from close range either, while Harry Cornick missed a decent chance, with striker Elijah Adebayo putting two headers at the visiting stopper as well.

The former Accrington player continued: “It was unlucky, but you’ve got to at least make the keeper work.

"We said before the game, if you get shots, make sure you hit the target, so although it was close, it was disappointing.

"Even the header at the end, I got a little nick on it, but if I get a bit more contact on it, it probably finds the bottom corner.

"So it's unlucky, it's tough to take as we played so well, but just a little bit of quality missing in the final third.

“If you don’t score goals then you don't win games.

"Although we can say how well we played, we huffed and puffed, we had a lot of chances, but at the end of the day they scored one and we scored none, so fair play to them.”