Date: 1st December 2010 at 9:45am
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Gerard ‘the Houllie’ Houllier has said the ‘hunger and desire’ of our youngsters will be key in tonight’s Quarter Final clash against Blues.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the Carling Cup game Houllier focused on the effort and importance of the youngsters who have been drafted into the squad following our spate of injuries, especially wee Barry Bannan and not so wee Ciaran Clark, praising both their attitude and aptitude and describing them as key to success tonight.

‘The key factor to winning games is hunger and desire and that’s why I like the young players in the team.’

Speaking on specifically Houllier said his versatility in switching to a midfield role had been as good for the club as the player.

‘I saw that quality very quickly, he looked a player. I have seen him play well, he is young, he can play.’

Houllier adds that at this moment in time he is unsure on what would be considered Clarkie’s best position, but whether he’s on the pitch in defence or in midfield he’s performing and taking his chance, and ultimately that is all that’s important.

‘He is a young player and at the moment I am playing him as a defensive midfielder because he can pass, he can score, he reads the game well and I also like his work rate.’

We all had high hopes of Clarkie for centre half, you have to wonder if he’s going to be even more valuable to us than originally thought.

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