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Clark: Tough To Take

11 April 2015

Manager Reflects On 3-2 Loss

Lee Clark couldn't hide his disappointment after Blackpool finished on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller at Ipswich.

Despite taking an early lead through Andrea Orlandi, The Seasiders fell behind, levelled matters and then eventually lost out 3-2 at Portman Road.

"We battled well against an impressive team whose work ethic and togetherness is fantastic," Clark said. "My team had a go but we're disappointed, certainly with the goals we've given away. If you come to Ipswich and you score two, then you expect to take at least a point. It's a tough one for us to have nothing from the game."

A major positive was Henry Cameron's first goal for the club, coming on the back of a breakthrough season for the youngster. The winger returned from injury to start the game, having been out of action for six weeks.

"He was really impressive on the training pitch and that's why I decided to start with him, especially after losing Michael Jacobs who had been fantastic for us," the manager explained. 

"Henry is learning as an attacking player, his roles and responsibilities are to make and score goals and he did that to tick those boxes. He scored one and made one. I thought he was doing really well but he cramped up and there was no way that I was going to let him pick up another injury by forcing him to play longer than he should.

"I had to fight with the medical department to start him because he'd only had two days of training. Young Bright also came on and gave a little cameo of what he's about."

Cameron's equaliser came at a crucial time in the match, however Blackpool couldn't make the most of a more subdued atmosphere inside the ground. 

"The pressure is on Ipswich because these clubs are desperate to get into the top six. It was about turning the screw and trying to get one or two opportunities. We didn't seem to do that and the third goal killed us, that was a disappointing goal to concede."

All attentions will now turn to a Tuesday night trip to Derby County, though Darren O'Dea will now be a doubt after breaking his nose.

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