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Clark: Usually A Good Point

21 February 2015

Manager Reflects On Blackburn Draw

Lee Clark says Blackpool's point at Blackburn Rovers would have been a great result if not for the club's league position.

Grant Hall's first goal in tangerine ensured that The Seasiders returned from Ewood Park with a share of the spoils, despite much more being required in the grand scheme of things.

"In any other circumstances it would be a great result but in our predicament, to play catch-up, we need wins," he said.

The team named by the manager featured a number of youngsters, with injury and illness ruling out several players. Substitute Steven Davies pulled out prior to kick-off, while Jamie O'Hara missed training yesterday.

"Jamie wasn't actually in my original team because he wasn't too good on Friday and didn't train. He wanted to play though and that's credit to his character. We then lost Steven to illness in the dressing room and had to name young Bright Samuel on the bench after playing for the youth team this morning."

Given the above, Clark was full of praise for the battling qualities displayed by the lads that played.    

"We had five players out there who only experienced first-team football for the first time some weeks ago, coupled with the injury and illness situation we've got.

"The youngsters aren't being overawed by it, the experienced players are dragging them along and giving them some great examples and know-how. I'm delighted with that."

The manager was also pleased with how his side handled the 'unbelievable attacking options' in the Blackburn side. Had Jamie O'Hara's free-kick not hit the post, The Seasiders could have even come away with a big victory. 

"We stayed in the game, which is always crucial away from home. When it's 1-0 you've always got a chance, and that showed from a set-play. We could have nicked a second just before half-time, but I couldn't fault my players because they're giving me everything."

Darren O'Dea hopes to make himself available to return for the game at Brentford on Tuesday night, however another key player will once again miss out.

"We're still missing one of our most influential players in Orlandi, who has been terrific since I've been here. What we've got is what we've got and we've just got to bear with it and keep fighting," Clark added.

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