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Clarke: Desire In The Group

24 August 2014

Defender Speaks After Wigan Loss

Peter Clarke feels Blackpool’s second half performance on Saturday showed enough to suggest that they are slowly turning the corner.

The Seasiders failed to recover from Oriol Riera’s first-half strike for Wigan, but could have taken a point home with more of a cutting edge.

It was Pool’s fifth defeat of a disappointing season so far, but the nature of another slender reverse gives the defender encouragement.

“You’ve seen the signs, there’s been spells in games. We’ve had fits and start and we’re getting there without a doubt,” said Clarke. “It isn’t going to happen overnight, but we’re all pulling in the same direction.

“Make no mistake about it we’re desperate to get those first points on the board, and with that I’m sure it will bring even bigger belief. There is an inner belief and desire in the group to make sure people are proved wrong.”

Clarke put in another solid display at Wigan and felt The Seasiders could easily have taken something out of the contest.

“In the second half we won more battles, more duels, and that allowed us to play further up the pitch. We caused them more problems and in the end I think we could have got something out of the game, and it wouldn’t have been undeserved,” said Clarke.

“But as a whole we didn’t put ourselves about enough and that gave them impetus, whether it was too much respect I don’t know. They had a few opportunities and unfortunately scored one.

“It’s too many occasions that they’ve scored around that half hour mark. We have to look at a few things and see what we can do to eradicate that.”

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