Harry Clarke helped Oldham Athletic to a win and a clean sheet from an unfamiliar position at right-wing-back on Tuesday night.
For the last month, Oldham Athletic have been playing a three-at-the-back system, abandoning their attempts at a back four during Arsenal loanee Harry Clarke’s injury absence in March.
When Clarke returned to the team, they initially stuck with the back three and used the 20-year-old Arsenal defender as a right-centre-back. Results were fairly mixed, with two wins and two defeats to kick off April.
But Clarke was set for another change on Tuesday, starting Oldham’s match against Harrogate Town as a wing-back. The team stuck with their usual formation, but with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Carl Piergianni, and Kyle Jameson as the centre-backs.
It went pretty well on the day. Oldham won the match 3-0, and Clarke’s put in a strong defensive shift. He made six clearances, four interceptions, and two tackles, as well as winning all six of his aerial duels.
The defender was also involved in the second goal of the game, with his shot rebounding for Dylan Bahamboula to finish.
The clean sheet was the team’s first since March 20th, and perhaps manager Keith Curle might look to stick with Clarke on the right to add a bit of extra defensive solidity to his side in future.