BILLY Clarke is willing to be put on the spot again despite his Bolton blunder.

Clarke accepted the blame for Tuesday’s defeat after his second-half penalty was saved by Billy Crellin.

It was the sixth time Clarke, who scored one against Walsall last week, has fluffed his lines from the spot in his career in 15 attempts – and third with City.

He previously missed at Oxford in October 2016, as Stuart McCall’s two-month unbeaten start to his second spell in charge ended.

Clarke was also denied by Swindon keeper Lawrence Vigouroux on the opening day of the 2015 campaign for Phil Parkinson’s team.

But the Irishman will not shy away from taking another – if McCall gives him that opportunity again.

Clarke said: “It’s something that happens. As daft as it sounds, he dives the other way and I look like a calm penalty taker.

“Jorginho missed the other night and now people are questioning his technique. Two weeks ago, that technique was brilliant.

“I don’t want to miss – I think it’s the best opportunity to score a goal.

“If the keeper last week had stood in the middle, he would have picked the ball up or put his foot on it. He dives out the way and it looks like I know exactly what I am doing.

“If we get another penalty, of course I’m going to look to get on it. I’m going to go in with the same mentality I did with Tuesday night’s one and hopefully score.

“I’m confident every time. I’m well capable of kicking a ball properly and if you do miss, you just get over it and reset to zero again.”

City were well on top of Bolton at the time of his miss and Clarke went on to social media shortly after midnight following the game to publicly apologise.

“There was no ulterior motive on me doing that,” he added. “That’s just how I felt.

“I’m a passionate man and I say what I feel. We didn’t deserve to lose and ultimately it was because of me.

“If you take penalties, there are probably only a handful who have never missed. You’ve just got to realise that before you step up.

“It doesn’t help when it coincides with you losing. If I’d missed that penalty and we were 4-0 up, it’s not a big problem.

“The way the game was going, I score and I’m sure we’d have gone on to win that. I’ve got to take the brunt of that on my shoulders.

“The effort the boys put in didn’t deserve the result, so I took responsibility.

“I said in pre-season that if it’s not going well and the fans want to give someone stick, then I’ll take it if it means freeing up the other lads.”

Clarke was encouraged by City’s performance in that second half and hopes they can carry that on into this weekend’s trip to newly-promoted Barrow.

“We’ve got to knock what happened on the head now and look at how we did get into those (attacking) situations.

“We’ve got to look at what we did to get the penalty, how we did create chances, how Bryce (Hosannah) and Ant (O’Connor) got forward so well. Those are the positives we’ve got to try to take into this game."

City have struggled to find consistency so far with two wins from their eight games. But Clarke is still convinced that they will pick up during this hectic schedule.

“We’ve had a couple of blips, Newport and Harrogate, but I think we’ve done quite well in general play. We can definitely take 90 per cent of Tuesday’s game into the future and try to replicate it.

"It's just down to hard work and it will come. There are so many games now and a slightly down mood can turn into a really positive environment in the space of four days."