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Clarke: A Point Gained

6 November 2014

Defender On Fulham Draw

Peter Clarke insists Wednesday night's result at Fulham was a point gained, rather than two points dropped.

The Seasiders had led 2-0 until Tony McMahon's dismissal left them a man light for over half the match.

Clarke took over the captain's armband, and was proud of the performance put in against the odds at Craven Cottage.

“Under the circumstances we would have liked all three points of course, but the way the game changed a point is certainly a point gained, rather than two lost I believe,” he said.

“We spent a fair portion of the game with ten men and withstood a lot of pressure. To come to Craven Cottage, face a good team in Fulham, and go away with a point is something to be happy with.

“It's not a case of it being thrown away. For long periods they were camped in our half, we had to withstand a lot of pressure.”

Meanwhile the defender believes there was clear signs of improvement prior to the sending off, as Blackpool raced into a two-goal lead.

The second half was a backs against the wall job, and while committed defending is in Clarke's nature, he wasn't the only one throwing his body on the line.

“It's nice when their players are shooting from the edge of the box and Jacob Mellis is throwing himself in front of things, for example.

“Every single one of the lads deserves real credit for their performance, and real credit for doing the horrible side of the game, which is the bare minimum.

“We played well and created chances. Standards have been set, so I'm sure the manager will make sure those heights, and those sort of performances, are the norm,” said Clarke.

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