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Clark: Encouraging Performance

22 November 2014

Manager Reflects On Bolton Draw

Lee Clark was left encouraged by Blackpool's performance against Bolton, as his new-look side drew 1-1.

The manager handed five players home debuts at Bloomfield Road, with Jacob Murphy on target for The Seasiders.

A change in style was evident throughout, though Lee Chung-Yong's leveller left the players having to settle for a point.

"I thought it was such an improved performance from Leeds," Clark said. "The new players have shown that we can be a team that can threaten anybody. We also looked fitter in the way we wanted to play.

"The goal we gave away was a little disappointing, and there could be an aspect of him being offside. It's just a bit of a grey area with this second phase scenario.

"Overall, I'm frustrated for the players and the supporters because I thought they were brilliant today. We just need to get this elusive win and get the momentum."

Murphy's goal, a stunning free-kick, highlighted just why Clark opted to bring him to the club on loan from Norwich City.

"He brings a bit of skill, a bit of excitement and a bit of pace to our front line, which I think we needed. It was a fantastic goal," he said.

Cutting the gap between Blackpool and the rest of the teams in the divisions remains the task now, with a trip to Rotherham next up.

"The bare minimum is what we've had today now so we've got to take exactly the same to Rotherham, if not more because the players will have more training and will be more tactical aware and fitter. Hopefully we can kick-on from this," he added.

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