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KNOCKERS SHOULD GIVE LEON A BREAK; In association with COMMERCIAL VEHICLES CHAMPIONSHIP.

Byline: By SARAH WINTERBURN

SHEFF WED 1

DONCASTER 0

'LAZY' Leon Clarke made it three goals in five games and team-mate James O'Connor says it is time the Hillsborough faithful looked beyond his reputation.

Clarke has been a target for Wednesday fans since his arrival from Wolves because of his large frame and lumbering gait, but O'Connor insists that appearances can be deceptive.

"Some people perhaps think Clarkey doesn't work as hard as he should but I think that's just a perception because he does give his all," he said.

"He gets treated a little bit harshly because sometimes he looks like he's not actually trying, but in fairness to him he does try, he wants to do well and he is keen to develop his game.

"I'm sure if he continues to work hard and score goals, he'll stay in the team." Clarke's goal was a powerful header from Etienne Esajas' free-kick at the end of a scrappy first half low on quality.

Rock-bottom Doncaster switched to a more attacking formation after the break and bombarded the Wednesday goal, helped by an Owls side playing like a set of panicked schoolboys.

But Rovers are bottom for a reason. Lewis Guy and James Hayter missed chance after chance to makeit12gameswithout a win for Sean O'Driscoll's creative but toothless side.

"The problem is that the strikers we want, we can't afford," says O'Driscoll.

"There's a couple of boys called Rooney and Tevez at Man United but I think we'll struggle there.

"We're running up a lot of blind alleys at the moment. The strikers we can afford are mostly untried youngsters, and are they going to be any better that what we have here?"

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2008
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