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Clark: An Emotional Rollercoaster

14 February 2015

Manager Reflects On Nottingham Forest Point

Lee Clark says Blackpool's 4-4 draw with Nottingham Forest was an emotional rollercoaster, with his side rescuing a point in dramatic circumstances.

Having led 2-0 and 3-2, The Seasiders fell 4-3 behind in injury-time but still managed to level matters through David Ferguson, despite finishing the match with nine men.

It was an incredible afternoon of football at Bloomfield Road, with Clark and his coaching staff having witnessed nothing like it before.

"It was an emotional rollercoaster," he said. "We've probably never experienced anything like that, and we have experienced some crazy games in our time."

Tom Aldred's dismissal was followed by a nasty looking injury for Darren O'Dea with all of Blackpool's substitutions used up, leaving the manager in a real predicament. 

"We actually had eight players, with Darren O'Dea off, Tom Aldred off and Andrea Orlandi pulling a thigh muscle but having to stay on to be a body and a nuisance.

"We finished the match with Steven Davies at centre-back and Gary Madine out wide. Thankfully Darren's injury is not as serious as first thought, we thought there was a leg break there but it's just severe cuts and lacerations and a real severe impact injury from his knee down to his ankle."

The equaliser, in an incredible situation, highlighted the fight that remains in the Blackpool dressing room, as several young players continue to come to the fore alongside experienced pros. 

"These young players are going to give us a basis for the future. They're showing now, in a tough environment where we're bottom of the table and every point's crucial, that they can handle it.

"We need back-to-back wins and some points on the board away from home, though. We're going to keep fighting. As long as the lads have got that courage and the fighting spirit they've shown today, then we've got a chance," he added.

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