David Clarke happy with point at Paralympic Games

PUBLISHED: 18:42 02 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:50 02 September 2012

David Clarke. Picture by Paul Sanwell OP Photographic

David Clarke. Picture by Paul Sanwell OP Photographic

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HARPENDEN blind footballer David Clarke was a happy man after he skippered the GB 5-a-side team to their first ever point against Argentina.

The two nations met at The Riverbank Arena this afternoon (Sunday) and drew 0-0 in their Pool A London 2012 Paralympic Games encounter.

The result leaves GB third in their group behind Spain and Argentina, with one match left in the stage.

A pleased Clarke said: “We’ve never taken a point off Argentina.

“We always have really close games, their programme is a little bit more advanced than ours in terms of player structure and how many congenitally blind players there are.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to have caught them up and certainly cause them some issues today and we’re very happy with the point we got.”

Clarke and his team-mates must now take three points from Tuesday’s vital clash with bottom of the table Iran if they are to progress from the group.

The 41-year-old and his team-mates will do everything possible to get the victory they so desperately need to make the final four at their home Games.

“I can’t tell you how much the guys want to get to the semi-final stage,” said Clarke.

“We’re not full time professionals, but we act like it and we are absolutely determined to make it through to the semis.”

GB drew their opening match 1-1 with Spain on Friday, Clarke netted the equaliser after Antonio Martin Gaitan had opened the scoring for the Spanish.

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