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Two-goal Jonson carries out threat

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 07 April 2014

LEE JOHNSON revealed that two-goal hero Jonson Clarke-Harris promised him before the game that he would prove to be a destructive force at Valley Parade.

Athletic’s teenage striker blasted in two goals either side of the break to help the visitors to a valuable victory over Bradford — one that tides the club over in the 12 days between outings with no fears of being sucked into the relegation zone by the time the visit to strugglers Colchester arrives on Good Friday.

They were Clarke-Harris’s seventh and eighth goals of the campaign. But while praising the impact of the former Coventry and Peterborough forward, Johnson said there’s more to come.

“I asked him before the game, ‘Jonno, are you going to be a whirlwind or a whirlpool?’

“He said, ‘gaffer, I’m going to be a hurricane’,” Johnson told the Chronicle, following a game in which Athletic finished their chances with unusual ruthlessness.

“It turned out well and I was certainly pleased for him to go out and get the two goals after all the effort he has put in over the last three or four games.

“He’s learning all the time. He is still a boy, learning through playing. But the games are getting him fitter and more streetwise.

“They were two decent finishes. We know when he gets it on his left foot he is powerful.

“The good thing is, the opposition are frightened to death of him. You see it and hear it in little comments that are made. It’s a good thing; he has to use that.”

Johnson stresses that avoiding relegation is still not certain, particularly after results elsewhere.

But he believes he possesses the strength and continuity to keep Athletic’s five-win run going.

“It is something we are delighted with and it has taken this long into the season to be able to do that.”

Comments

he was outstanding, credit to LJ for keeping him in the team. He was outstanding. I enjoyed the game.

good to see jono getting some goals and proving the moaners wrong. He has loads of potential to to be an excellent striker, he just needs game time. The team is starting to gel now finally! We have to keep Harkins though that is a fact! we have missed a playmaker of his quality for to long and we have lost some good strikers because of the lack of service! strong full backs and central defenders are a most for next season!

There were at least a further fifty fans seated in the main sponsors area at Valley Parade and I was fortunate to be amongst a very happy bunch indeed!! Some excellent football was rewarded with a big, big win and despite the eccentricities late on by the referee we cruised to victory. Simon Corney will have been delighted with this win and will hopefully get behind LJ and boost the squad for the new season(in L1 of course). A heart warming display which with a little luck help OAFC stay put!!

I seem to recall someone on here saying he didn't know where the goal was.

I think we can safely say he has found a winning formula which he must (no disrespect to the guys that were left out) keep with and finish strongly. I think if we can keep the nucleus of the side then we should be this time next season be talking about a team challenging the top 10 and not the bottom. KTF.

Have to say JCH showed what he was all about on Saturday pace power and most of all awareness ..now lets crack on.... regarding Ibbys praising of LJ.. its about time and can we now please stop asking for LJ to be sacked. Thankyou

 

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