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Port Vale: Darrell Clarke talks about his play-off dream

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Port Vale: Darrell Clarke talks about his play-off dream

Port Vale boss Darrell Clarke was fined after his altercation in the play-off semi-final second leg against Swindon with Dion Conroy. It was a moment where his emotions got the better of him and he knows he will need to keep them in check at Wembley. It was a home return to the dugout for the first time in three months for Clarke after his absence owing to a close family bereavement. Assistant coach Andy Crosby led the team in his absence with Clarke taking charge on the last day of the season.

“I’ve been fined and rightly so. I was apologetic after the game. You take your punishment on the chin. It was my first red card as a manager and you live and learn by that,” Port Vale boss Darrell Clarke said. “It was a crazy night, but it’s gone now. To be that far down in the shootout and come back and win, it was a great experience, but it certainly didn’t do my heart much good, that’s for sure!”

“It wasn’t a results thing. Andy, my brilliant assistant, had done a fantastic job while I took that leave. I’d been in amongst the training ground a couple of times and I just felt that we could get a bit of a momentum swing. But the main thing is I just felt ready, and I wanted to be the one who led it,” he added. “Keeping busy has certainly kept me going. I had my dark days like anyone else who has lost loved ones, and I don’t kid myself to think there won’t be darker days ahead. But I love my job and I want to make my family proud of me. You have to get yourself up off the canvas at times and carry on, and that’s what I will be doing.”

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