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Clark: Crucial Weekend

27 February 2015

Manager Previews Wigan Game

Lee Clark is prepared for a crucial weekend in The Championship, as Blackpool look to go level on points with Wigan Athletic.

The fixture schedule sees the bottom four clubs go head-to-head tomorrow in a battle to try and retain divisional status, with the significance of a positive result being huge.  

"This weekend is crucial because we can take three off Wigan and go level on points with them. We could also get close to Rotherham and Millwall, certainly one of them. Our target for Saturday night is to be closer to two of the teams above us," the manager said. 

"This is a huge game, I don't think many people at the start of the season would have thought Wigan would be where they are. They've got some terrific players and one or two injury problems themselves, but Malky has gone in and tried to change one or two things."

Although acknowledging the tough task his side face in clawing back a 12-point deficit, Blackpool's form at Bloomfield Road provides hope.

"If the players can continue showing the belief at home and we can turnaround what's happening away, then we've got a chance of doing it. We can't give up, we've got to keep fighting.

"I've said it for numerous weeks, we've got to start putting a run of results together if we're going to have any chance. With each fixture that goes by you lose an opportunity.

"This is a great opportunity for us to cut the deficit on two of our rivals, possibly three if the other game finishes in a draw. Our focus has to be on that," he added.

The Seasiders hope to welcome back Jamie O'Hara for the game after he sustained a rib injury of Tuesday night, however Andrea Orlandi (thigh) and Charles Dunne (suspension) miss out.










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