Video: Jack Clarke helps Sunderland book place in play-off final with impressive display

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Jack Clarke
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Jack Clarke produced a superb display to help Sunderland book a place in the League One play-off final at the expense of Sheffield United.

Clarke has been in and out of the Sunderland side since joining the Black Cats on loan in January but he arguably produced his best performance for the club on Monday in their biggest game of the season so far.

Sunderland took a 1-0 lead into the second leg at Hillsborough but the home side restored parity in the tie through Lee Gregory in the 74th minute.

However, Alex Neil’s side hit back in stoppage time as Clarke beat his man and played an inch-perfect cross for Patrick Roberts to turn home from close range.

The on-loan Tottenham man was a threat throughout the game, most notably going on a mazy run at the start of the second half where he went past half the Wednesday team.

Watch the highlights of the second leg of the League One play-off semifinal below:

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Clarke strikes me as a confidence player, who needs an arm around his shoulders. He needs to be encouraged to take players on and play his natural game without worrying about making mistakes or giving the ball away.

The jury is out on whether he will ever be good enough for the Premier League level but he is certainly a much better player than he has shown since his move from Leeds to Spurs in 2019.

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