Clarke receives Atkins praise

By Chris Barnes
Last updated : 07 January 2005
Young Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Ryan Clarke has been praised for his performances by boss Ian Atkins.

The youngster was recalled from Kidderminster to step in for regular Kevin Miller who has a ankle problem.

Clarke's performances in the defeat at Shrewsbury and win against Northampton have led to some suggestions that he should keep his place even when Miller returns.

Atkins has left the door open to Clarke, explaining that his performances continue at the level he has set he will not be dropped.

Miller is still on the sidelines for tomorrow's game against Cambridge and there is little doubt Clarke will be looking to keep his first clean sheet at the Memorial Stadium this season.