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Clark: A Good Performance

7 April 2015

Manager Happy With Reading Display

Lee Clark was pleased with another good performance from his side against Reading, as Blackpool extended an unbeaten run to three games.

The manager saw more encouraging signs from his players in what was a third consecutive 1-1 draw, giving him grounds for optimism moving forward.

"If I'd have had that group from the first day I walked through the door then we would have had a fighting chance in the division, and certainly wouldn't have been relegated this early in the season," he said. "They've shown me in the last three games that there's quality there and a lot of fighting spirit.

"The last three performances give me optimism that if we can keep the players we want to keep from the group then we can go forward again in League One."

Jamie O'Hara's penalty gave The Seasiders an early lead in the game, prior to an own goal from Grant Hall levelling matters soon after half-time.

"It was another good performance from us, certainly for long periods of the first-half and spells in the second-half we created chances," Clark continued.

"I can't fault the players tonight, I just wish we could get that elusive win. Things just don't seem to be going our way at the moment. We've picked up three points in the last three games but we've played well enough to win the games."

Despite the positives, Blackpool did lose two players to injury and will now assess Grant Hall and Joe Lewis ahead of Saturday's game against Ipswich.

"Grant is a bit concussed and Joe has twisted his ankle so that was two blows we had to deal with. Luckily the substitutions we made did well when coming on," he added.

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