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Clark: A Tough Evening

24 February 2015

Manager On Brentford Defeat

Lee Clark says Blackpool were always up against it after a poor start and being subsequently reduced to ten men at Brentford.

The manager was left to reflect on a 'tough evening' for The Seasiders as on-loan Arsenal man Jan Toral hit a hat-trick for the home side in a 4-0 victory.

A formation switch for the fixture failed to cope with Brentford's attacking prowess, made all the more worse following Charles Dunne's dismissal prior to half-time.  

"This place is hard enough 11 vs 11 so when you're 2-0 down and you go down to ten men, it becomes an uphill struggle. It was always going to be a tough evening after that," he admitted.

"We didn't start the game particularly well and we didn't particularly do a lot of things well, which is why we had to make the change in formation at 2-0.

"When we went down to ten it was always going to be damage limitation, they dominated us 11 vs 11 because we didn't start the way we wanted to start.

"Brentford are playing with momentum, belief and they've got some right good quality players. They beat a magnificent team on Saturday in Bournemouth but we didn't give ourselves a chance."

Another blow for Blackpool on the night came when Jamie O'Hara left the field clutching his ribs. The midfielder has been a stand-out performer in the side but the manager hopes to still have him available for Saturday's game against Wigan.

"He heard a bit of a crack but hopefully that's not a broken rib or anything because he's been the inspiration since we arrived, for the team and the supporters. Hopefully it is just an impact injury that will recover in time for Saturday," Clark added.

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