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Compose yourself, manager tells striker

Date online: 30 January 2014

JONSON Clarke-Harris has been advised by his manager to add more finesse to his strikes in order to break his goal drought.

The powerful forward last scored for Athletic in the 1-1 draw at Coventry on December 29 — his third in four matches. He hasn’t been able to repeat the trick since - and on his first start in four matches he failed to strike on target as Athletic slipped to a midweek defeat to Wolves.

“Jonson has got to make better decisions,” said boss Lee Johnson, who brought the strong former Peterborough and Bury man into the club during the summer.

“He is actually a very key part of our squad now. You stand or fall by your decision-making — and he blazes at everything, doesn’t he? Sometimes it’s better to have a bit of feel, to feel it in or bend it round to someone.

“It frustrated me, that, against Wolves. And I thought he did well. He is getting in a lot more through better movement and people picking him out. But I can’t be out there to whisper in his ear to calm down a bit in front of goal.”

Clarke-Harris will hope to keep his place for Saturday’s game at Swindon, where Athletic seek a first away-day league win since Shrewsbury were seen off in the profitable month of November.

His chances may depend on Athletic’s hunt for a striker ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

“I’m hoping to get in another centre-half and we will have to see how Gensy (Kusunga) is,” said Johnson, referring to the centre-back’s tight hamstring which saw him come off early against Wolves.

There is no update yet on the future of James Tarkowski, though it is understood the hierarchy at the club still hope to strike a deal which will see him depart


"It is understood the hierarchy at the club still hope to strike a deal which will see Tarky depart"?

Is that correct ? as im sure time and time again LJ has said he wants to keep him. If he does goes go though i do hope its not for a measly fee !

A lot of JCH's work is done outside the box, its McDonald who needs to be getting on the end of things

With regard to the latter section of the report in which it appears that Tarkowski is 'leaving', could it be that the word 'depart' should have been 'stay'? Lee Johnson has already stated that he does not think the young centre-back is ready for a higher league status just yet and the club have offered him a more substantial package so as to encourage a longer contract. No doubt there would be a clause entitling the player to look at a possible transfer to a Championship/Premier club. Will he?

Why are the hierarchy at Latics misleading the fans that pay their wages?
Johnson has constantly said he hopes to keep Tarkowski and now suddenly in this articles last paragraph it says 'It is understood the hierarchy at the club still HOPE to strike a deal which will see him depart' which insinuates they are happy to sell....a contradiction if ever I saw one.
Latics are always keeping the fans in the dark.yet the fans pay their wages....unbelievable!

We could have had Danny Nardiello and Paddy Madden up front now, or Marlon Harewood and Gary McSheffrey, or Jake Cassidy and Aaron McLean but they've obviously signed for clubs 'on the up' like Scunthorpe, Bury, Hartlepool. Pathetic. And can I just add, that stand is the slowest build I've ever witnessed. Announcement due?


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