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Clark: Tough Calls To Make

28 November 2014

Manager Lee Clark says he'll have to make a few tough selection calls for the game against Rotherham tomorrow, given recent loan additions.

The Seasiders now have seven loan players on their books following the arrivals of Kevin Foley and Stuart O'Keefe, but only five will be eligible to feature in the 18-man squad.

"That's an issue for us now because we've got seven and we can only play five of those, but we needed to do that for the numbers," Clark admitted. "There's going to be a couple of disappointed loans per game, but they've got to fully understand that I needed to do this work to balance the squad up and get the quality that I felt was necessary."

The manager has wasted little time putting his own stamp on the squad, recruiting players with a sound knowledge of the division. The transformation was something he felt was required, and he hopes the supporters see that as well.

"I'm delighted with the response of the supporters, and I hope they're seeing improvements where they've wanted to see on the pitch," he said. "We're getting players who are ready to fight for the cause and give everything to try and keep the club in this division.

"The level, the tempo and the speed in training is improving but the proof is in the pudding, you've got to take it into Championship games and get results now."

Blackpool's fixture against Rotherham this weekend provides the team with an opportunity to cut the gap at the bottom, though Clark is taking nothing for granted. 

"Rotherham Football Club over the last couple of years has been on the up and come from League Two to The Championship. Steve has done a brilliant job there.

"They're still a very, very tough team to play against so they will not make it easy for us on Saturday. They've made a couple of decent signings, players I know well in Reece James and Tom Lawrence who will improve them. We're under no illusions just because of the run they've been on.

"We've got to go there with an attitude where we expect a real, tough game. If we do that and continue the level of performance we had against Bolton, then hopefully that will give us the three points," he added.

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