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Clarke Delighted After Burnley Victory.

Steve Clarke must be a very happy man at the moment, seeing his side rise to third in the table this weekend. Here's what he had to say about a terrific result on the road at Burnley.

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It's another brilliant weekend after a superb 2-1 win against Burnley at Turf Moor with the man of the moment Nick Blackman scoring again. Just like last weekend, it was another quick start with Blackman scoring in the fifth minute and Lucas Piazon doubling the lead four minutes later.

Steve Clarke was understandably very happy, he told the official club website, "I'm absolutely delighted - some of our performances earlier in the season deserved a bit more. We knew that we came here with a chance to win this game which would give us a good feeling because we want to start adding the points to the performances. I can't say it was the best we have played this season, but we showed a good mixture of quality, grit and determination and came away with the three points from a very difficult place to come."

"We started very quickly and on the front foot - it was two moments of quality. It was a great finish from Nick Blackman, and Chris Gunter made a good spot in the box to pull back for Lucas, who finished as we know he can. At that stage we were well in the ascendency, but we have to give credit to Burnley - they have their way of playing and they just kept pounding away at us. The second half was difficult."

"At Bristol City we had a similar scenario but we were much more comfortable in the game, whereas this afternoon was against a team that were in the Premier League last year who were asking a lot of questions of us. We had to show a lot of character and different qualities to get the result. But we did it, which is very pleasing for me."

Next weekend should see a big crowd at the Madejski when second play third, and Clarke is looking forward to the challenge, he said: "It has been a hectic schedule for us, and we'll have a little breather at the start of the week, but there's no rest in the Championship. Next week against Middlesbrough we're taking on a team that everybody is saying will be up there in the mix at the end of the season. They visit us at the Madeski Stadium, and it'll be nice to get another three points."