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Clarke: Showed A Bit Of Pride

8 April 2015

Attitude Pleased Defender In Draw

Peter Clarke feels the professionalism Blackpool showed in their 1-1 draw to Reading on Tuesday will be needed between now and the end of the season.

After taking an early lead Pool conceded a sloppy goal, but kept at their job and to grind out a point, which could have become all three on another day.

It was the first of six matches The Seasiders have to play while already relegated, but the defender was pleased with the attitude on show.

“It's not a nice situation to be in, but we've got to be professional and have individual pride in our own performances,” said Clarke.

“Their goal goes in and we dealt with it better than we did four months ago, certainly at the start of the season, but that's something that the group is still learning about.

“It's only a young group and hopefully they'll be better for the experiences that they're having at this moment in time.”

The hosts were arguably the better side against the FA Cup semi-finalists, and without Grant Hall's own goal they would have been celebrating three points.

More of the same will be required between now and May to ensure Blackpool go down with a bit of pride, according to Clarke.

“For 25 minutes I thought we played ever so well. We got ourselves off to a good start in the game and got our noses in front

“The start to the second half was the worst possible start we could have hoped for. They took an awful kick-off and we had a real opportunity to take the ball into their half.

“We could have stopped that at source with their poor kick-off, but we didn't and paid a heavy price for it. However we dug in deep after that,” he added.

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