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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Coventry capture Carlisle hat-trick hero Clarke

STRIKER Leon Clarke, who scored a hat-trick when he last faced Carlisle United, will be gunning for the Blues again this weekend after joining Coventry.

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Clinical: Leon Clarke scores his third against Carlisle last season

The forward has completed a move from Charlton on a two-and-a-half year deal. And he will boost Mark Robins’ squad for their visit to Brunton Park this Sunday.

Clarke was responsible for one of the best individual performances against Carlisle last season when his treble earned Chesterfield a 4-1 win in September 2011. He has already been on prolific form in League One this term, smashing 11 goals in 15 games for struggling Scunthorpe.

Clarke, 27, has arrived as a replacement for former loanee David McGoldrick, who was recalled by Nottingham Forest and then loaned to Ipswich. Robins said: “He has shown that he can give defences a torrid time and we believe he’s the kind of player that can score a lot of goals for us.”

Clarke originally joined Coventry on loan before the paperwork of his permanent move was completed.

Robins, though, will be without another player on Sunday with loan defender Reece Brown having been recalled by Manchester United.

Former Carlisle United striker Danny Graham – linked with a move away from Swansea – is recapturing his old form according to boss Michael Laudrup.

Graham has played second fiddle to Michu for most of the season, leading to reports that he could leave with Norwich and Sunderland among his admirers, but has now scored in his last three games.

Laudrup said: “We’ve not had official bids for Danny. He’s playing well right now so obviously he’s important for us because he’s scoring goals.”

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