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Clark: We Need To Rebuild Confidence

1 November 2014

Manager On Ipswich Loss

Blackpool manager Lee Clark says his immediate task is to instil self belief and confidence back into his side following a 2-0 defeat to Ipswich Town.

Having had just two days of preparation with his new squad, Clark was quick to pinpoint a key issue moving forward.

"The big task I've got in the short-term is rebuilding the self belief and confidence of the players. We have to get that back into them," he admitted.

"The players are trying extremely hard, it's just having that little bit of quality when we need it on the ball.

"There's some good players there who, for whatever reason, are not showing their true, full potential. I encourage the players to attack and be positive in the final third. Hopefully they can buy into that."

The manager stressed prior to the game that it was a fresh start for all the players, with Charles Dunne making his first competitive start in a tangerine shirt. However, quick decisions will be needed with the closure of the loan window on the horizon.  

"I said beforehand that I want to give the players an opportunity, but the players have to realise as well that it won't be a long period of time where we're assessing them and before deciding whether to bring players in," Clark said.

Two away fixtures against Fulham and Leeds United now follow, with the manager adamant that the team can get out of their current predicament. 

"I believe we can do it and I still do. Today has given us an idea of where we're at because I've only had two days with the group.

"We've now got Wednesday night and then Saturday so hopefully we'll get positive result in those two," he added.

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