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McClure's loving life

6 February 2013

Life can’t get much better for striker Matt McClure at the moment.

The in-form 21-year-old has struck eight times in his last 10 games, including the late winner at Gillingham on Monday and is the Blues’ top scorer so far this season with nine.

And as well as loving life on the pitch, the Northern Ireland U21 international has also had plenty to reasons to smile off the field after the birth of daughter Layla last month.

“Becoming a dad was an exciting time for me at home. On the pitch I'm scoring goals, so I've been happy on both fronts.

“Since Gaz has come in there's been a change in how I'm playing. He gives me confidence. If I make a mistake there’s no problems.

“He's a similar sort of player to me. When he played he was running a lot, grinding his defender down and did all the horrible bits, which is my game. I'm not the most gifted technically but I run my legs off for the team.”

McClure spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to give the Wanderers the lead six minutes from time and he admitted that he thought that might have been his final chance.

 “I thought that was it gone,” he said. “To start off with I thought I was offside so I had a look at the linesman. His flag didn't go up and I changed my mind about three times where I was going to put it, which is the worst thing you can do.”

However, McClure made amends less than a minute later by firing a superb winner after flicking the ball over a Gillingham defender and beating Stuart Nelson at his near post.

He added: “I like those. They are more instinctive rather than having time to think where to put it. It's a bit more my type of finish. I'd like it to be 20-odd by the end of the season, so I need to keep going.”

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