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Clark Determined To Turn Things Around

25 April 2015

Manager Reflects On 3-2 Cardiff Defeat

Lee Clark is now counting down the days until the end of the season, as he looks to re-shape Blackpool from top to bottom.

The manager, speaking after a 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City, revealed that players will be informed of their futures as soon as the Huddersfield game is out of the way.

"I can't wait for the season to end now. Sunday is the start of the wheels getting put in motion to turn things around at this football club," Clark said. "I can't wait to start afresh, I'm excited about what I can do by getting my own squad together and making the football side of the club professional. I'm used to high standards, very high standards."

This afternoon's loss at Cardiff City Stadium left Blackpool without a win on the road all season, and it was the first-half display that the manager was unhappy with.

"We didn't show any belief, fight or energy in the first-half. At times you'd have thought we were two goals up and playing the game out. People weren't getting into position quick enough and the first two goals we gave away, you just cannot do and expect to win games.

"In the second-half we played with desire, we played on the front foot and had a go. We scored two and could have scored more."

One player who drew praise from the manager was Peter Clarke, who played the majority of the second-half as a striker and scored late on. 

"Gary Madine had to come off with a heel injury that he got in the first couple of minutes," he explained. "Peter Clarke is a centre-half by trade and he goes up and plays a striker role, gets three chances, shows desire and scores a goal. He tries really hard and gave us some impetus at the top end of the pitch."

The manager was also quick to acknowledge the backing of the fans at Cardiff, who created an atmosphere for the full 90 minutes.

"They came here today when the season's over, we haven't won an away game, are bottom of the league and relegated, yet the fans travel this distance and they're singing til the end and clapping the players off. I thank them for the support they gave the team," he added. 

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