It helps when you have a player in the type of form Forde is right now. After scoring a cracker on Wednesday, he created three against the Swans, including the own goal for the first, and scored the other to take his tally to nine for the season.
“Not only that, he had the highest high-speed running stats, too,” said Clark of the 16-year-old first-year scholar. “He always had undoubted quality, but he's come in this year and has absolutely taken to it. He listens, he runs hard, he's got two good feet and he's quick. He makes mistakes, but he learns from them and hardly misses a session. What more can you ask? He's a shining example for any first-year scholar on how to do it.”
Bosun Lawal has also kicked on. The powerful, marauding run he made in the first half against Colchester in midweek was testament to his new levels of fitness and the rangy midfielder was all-action again on Saturday, topping off a very good performance at the base of midfield with two second-half headers in the space of eight minutes.