Apr 6 2009 By Tim Street
AS A brand new partnership thrown together following Brentford’s strikers’ injury crisis, Billy Clarke and Damian Spencer certainly hit it off at Bradford.
But goal hero Clarke revealed the duo had not worked on their pairing at all in the lead up to the Valley Parade clash.
He said: "We’ve not played together before, and we’ve not done much together in training either, but we did alright out there.
"It’s the classic big man, little man thing. Damian was causing them a lot of problems with his height and strength, allowing me to feed off the scraps."
Clarke recently told the Chronicle he is playing for a contract at Brentford as he is not being offered a new deal by Ipswich in the summer.
And he certainly showed what he was capable of when played in the right position, having been stuck out on the left wing on his debut against Gillingham last week.
His deft header to score from Ryan Dickson’s cross was typical of a confident youngster who netted 11 goals in 25 games on loan at Darlington and Northampton earlier this season.
He said: "Of course I prefer being up front, but as long as I’m playing I’m happy to go where the boss wants me to."
Having only been at Griffin Park for two weeks, Clarke has already sized up the Bees’ squad as one more than capable of promotion.
And having played in both League One and Two this season, he reckons his new team-mates could mix it at a higher level.
He said: "The team spirit here is phenomenal. They certainly deserve to be where they are at the moment, and I hope I can help finish the job."
For Bees boss Andy Scott, it was no fluke that his new front two hit it off.
He put it down to good research and knowing the right players to bring in before the loans window slammed shut.
Scott said: "It’s not by luck that they clicked. I’ve watched Billy for a long time and I know about Damian. I’ve seen him over the years and he has got promotion out of this league with Cheltenham.
"He knows what it is about. His work-rate was fantastic and he put his body on the line against their big back four.
"Billy’s a good player with a bit of devilment about him as well. He’s very passionate about his football and wants to do well. Damian was a good foil for him."