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Boss: Help me single out McCleary

29 December 2014

Boss highlights winger for praise

Following his first win in charge, manager Steve Clarke asked the media to help him single out Garath McCleary for praise after the winger played through the pain barrier to help us beat Norwich at Madejski Stadium.

McCleary missed the previous game at Brighton with a knee injury, but put himself forward to face the Canaries as we registered a first win under Clarke's stewardship.

The boss wanted the wideman to receive his due credit, and said in his post-match press conference unprompted, "You need to make a wee note and I need to mention Garath McCleary.

"He got injured before the Brighton game, tried to put himself up for it, wanted to play but Luke our medical guy made a good call to leave him and keep him fresh for Norwich.

"Even on the morning of the Norwich game he was still feeling it but he played through the pain barrier. He was injured, basically, it's a tendon in the knee which can be painful.

"It's really important that your players play through the pain to help the team and the group so I was really pleased with that, very selfless.

"If you want to achieve anything, then players need to sacrifice themselves for the team and have a real team ethic like this.

"He put himself through the mill for the team, for the supporters, to get the result that we needed, which was great.

"Now hopefully he'll be OK for Huddersfield, if not then for Middlesbrough."

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