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Clark: Lads Were Magnificent

5 November 2014

Manager On Blackpool's Display at Fulham

Lee Clark was delighted with the effort his players put in at Fulham - and says the performance has now set the standard for the rest of the season.

Having been 2-0 up after 26 minutes, The Seasiders had to play for more than 50 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Tony McMahon as the game finished up 2-2.

It was real backs to the wall stuff to hold out and get at least a point, leaving the manager proud of the group.

"They were absolutely magnificent to a man, they gave us everything. The work ethic, putting bodies on the line, getting blocks in. There's not many better teams at home than Fulham with the rotation they have at the top end," he said.

"They've set a standard. When it was 11 v 11 they showed they could stick to a game plan and frustrated our opponents, as well as be a massive threat on the break. We scored two and we could have scored more.

"They're desperate to try and get the club out of the position its in, and while we've got that we'll give ourselves a chance."

Joe Lewis was once again in inspired form for Blackpool and he may have been unlucky to have conceded the second goal on the night. 

"It was a debatable goal, there was a certain foul on Joe Lewis and I have to give my goalkeeper a mention because he pulled off some unbelievable saves," Clark continued.

However, the manager had no qualms about Tony McMahon's red card for an apparent kick-out at Hugo Rodallega. 

"Tony has had a lash out and you can't do it. He's my captain, a senior player and he's knows I'm not too pleased with him."

The Seasiders now head to Leeds United on Saturday and the manager wants the same performance level repeated for the rest of the season. 
"It needs to be repeated, it cannot be a one off. You cannot just give a terrific performance and effort against Fulham, we've got to focus and refuel now and back it up at Leeds," he added.

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