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Clark: Terrific Fulham Memories

4 November 2014

Manager On Game Against Former Club

Lee Clark says he has 'terrific memories' of his time as a player with Fulham, but he's determined to pick up his first three points as Blackpool boss against them tomorrow.

The Seasiders head to Craven Cottage for the first time since an FA Cup clash in 2013, with Clark set to come up against his former team-mate Kit Symons on the touchline.

"They got a good point up at Wigan on Saturday and they're playing with a lot of confidence under Kit. He's rejuvenated the club and the team and he's got some good youngsters there," the manager said.

"We have to go there with a game plan and try and be positive ourselves and get a positive result to build some momentum."

Clark joined Fulham as a player from Sunderland in 1999 and was part of some momentous occasions.  

"I have terrific memories of the place but I'm going with my allegiances to Blackpool and to go and get a result," he admitted.

"I've never been back there as a coach or a manager so I'm looking forward to it."

David Perkins will return to the Blackpool squad for the game in London, while Jacob Murphy looks set for a debut after joining on loan from Norwich City. A few others remain unavailable though, with the manager keen to get them up-to-speed.

"We've got one or two coming back from longer-term injuries, obviously Steven Davies and Gary MacKenzie aren't available. Cubero still needs a bit of training so he's short of fitness, and Legear is the same because he hasn't played any football.

"We need to try and, certainly in the international week, get some games behind closed doors for those types of players to get them to the fitness levels. That was something that was an issue for young Charles Dunne at the weekend because it was his first start of the season, in between that he hadn't really played any football," he added.


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