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Clark: Delighted For Dom

28 December 2014

Manager Reflects On Rotherham Point

Lee Clark was 'absolutely delighted'for Dom Telford after the young striker came off the bench to rescue a point for Blackpool.

The manager opted to throw the academy product on with 24 minutes remaining and watched from the technical area as the 18-year-old marked his home debut with a goal.

"He's got that natural instinct of a goalscorer. He was in and around the six-yard box sniffing on a mistake and he's tucked it away really well with the outside of his foot. I'm absolutely delighted for him," Clark said.

Telford was joined on the pitch by Mark Waddington, with the manager a firm believer in giving youth a chance.

"I enjoy giving young players their chance, I've done it at all my previous clubs. Supporters like to see one of their own, or two of their own as it was today. The crowd will always back them and forgive one or two of their errors because they know they are fighting for their club."

The pair helped the team perform much better in the second-half against Rotherham, following a first-half showing that left a lot to be desired.

"Myself and my staff left them in no uncertain terms that lady luck had shined on us in the first-half, we could have been four down. We didn't get to grips with the game at all and we didn't play in the right areas. Thankfully our goalkeeper was in terrific form.

"We started the second-half the better team and they probably scored against the run of play. The players responded in the right way and we got something that was written in the stars for one of our young players. We were down to the bare bones today and the lads, certainly in the second-half, have done terrific for us," Clark added.


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