Earlier on in the week Clarke said that if we beat Sheffield Wednesday, our goalless draw against Millwall midweek would be a positive result, and indeed it was.
Clarke told Reading FC Player,
"I thought the team was good first half, we played a lot of good stuff and created some really good chances. If anything, 2-0 at half time didn’t do us justice. We should have been a little further ahead.
"Start of the second half for some reason the assistant referee saw an offside that wasn’t even close, a great finish from Garath.
"Then we missed a penalty which was a blow and would have made it much more comfortable end to the game.
"Having missed a penalty we showed a great resolve to see the game out at 2-0. We didn’t concede, we didn’t give an inch of ground, we stood there and fought toe to toe with Sheffield Wednesday and got a really good shape which gave us a 2-0 win. "
Again the defence did their job with keeping four clean sheets in the last six games. Both Alex Pearce and Michael Hector looked comfortable, helped out by Jordan Obita and Stephen Kelly – who whipped in a superb ball for Pogrebnyak to header in our first goal of the afternoon.
Fans can really see the difference that Clarke is making. Yesterday he decided to start Nathaniel Chalobah ahead of Oliver Norwood, a change that not many fans would agree with, but a change that saw us win the game and Chalobah scoring his first goal for the club.
"We have a good squad, you have to use the squad at the right moments and thankfully for me as the manager, the changes worked today and that’s a compliment to all the players in the squad, not just the starting eleven."
Clarke was very quiet on signings that could possibly be made by tomorrow evenings Transfer Deadline, but he was keen to talk about Danny Guthrie, after a message on his twitter account was posted containing his agent’s details and personal number. Clarke told GetReading,
"I spoke to him and said Danny you are too good to sell yourself on Twitter."
"He’s still in my thoughts and I don’t think he needs to use his agent to put a message on Twitter that he’s available."
On what has been a fantastic week for the Royals, Clarke was keen to reflect on positives from the week, he added:
"Overall, it’s been a good week for us. A win at Cardiff, then a point at Millwall- after that game I said to the players if we can beat Sheffield Wednesday it would make it into a good result, and they went out there and did that."