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Clarke: I work my widemen hard

4 February 2015

Boss manages his assets

Manager Steve Clarke has spoken of the high workrate he demands from his wide players.

The boss asks his wingers to put a real shift in, and as a result he often chooses to rotate them, both in the starting XI and from the bench.

For example, Garath McCleary was on the bench at Millwall, but then started against Sheff Wed, set up a goal for Nathaniel Chalobah and had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside.

Clarke said, "We try to protect players and don't play them every game from the start. I was questioned midweek about not playing Garath but you have to look at where they've been, how they're coming through, their fitness and Garath is getting there.

"His performances have been good in that time. He's getting there fitness wise, he's explosive, so when he's fresh he's more explosive, so you have to protect him. That's why I took both him and Hal off.

"From those wide positions I ask those players to run really, really hard. I've rotated all those players to get the best from them."

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