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Jack Clarke sends heartfelt message to Leeds United fans following huge play-off loss

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Leeds United winger Jack Clarke has sent a heartfelt message to the club’s fans after they were knocked out of the play-offs by Derby County on Wednesday night.

The Rams overturned a 2-0 aggregate deficit at Elland Road to progress leaving the Leeds players and fans devastated.

Posting on Instagram alongside a team photo, Clarke wrote:

“Not the way we wanted to finish the season last night but footballs a cruel game at times and you don’t always get what you deserve.

“Together we will come back stronger as a team and get the club back to where it deserves to be.

“Thankyou to the fans for supporting us throughout the season you deserved more.”

Stuart Dallas looked to have put the tie beyond doubt when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Derby box but a goal from substitute Jack Marriott with his first touch after coming on dragged them back into contention on the stroke of half-time.

Mason Mount then levelled the tie just seconds after the restart before Harry Wilson edged the Rams in front for the first time from the spot after Liam Cooper had needlessly fouled Mason Bennett.

Leeds came back soon after, however, and Dallas levelled the tie with a brilliant second but four minutes from time Marriott etched his name into Derby folk-law when he chipped in the winning goal to spark jubilant scenes in the away end.

The verdict

Will Clarke be at Leeds next season?

Around January you would have said almost certainly not, but after his illness his form seems to have dropped off just enough that he may just stick around.

He will surely be a huge part of the club next season.

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