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Clark: Take More Risks

23 January 2015

Manager's Thoughts Ahead of Watford Game

Lee Clark says his Blackpool players need to 'take a few more risks' in the final third in an effort to win more matches.

The manager wants to see more expression from his side following a 35-minute spell at Wolves last weekend where The Seasiders didn't 'lay a glove' on their opponents.

"We have to take a few more risks and be positive. Without the ball you need to stick to the game plan, but with the ball be more positive, be more productive, take shots at the goal and try and ask questions," he said.

"You should never have any fear in the final third, I like my players to have a lot of freedom in the final third. I prefer to see my players doing something positive and it not happening than just passing sideways or a backward pass, just playing safe. You've got to take risks to win a football match."

Blackpool are on the road again this weekend with a trip to Watford, yet the opposition hold no fears for the manager as long as tactics are well executed.  
"No team in the world is unbeatable. They're a very good team, I'm not denying it, but we can go there and win. We need to stick to the game plan without the ball and really express ourselves and be good in possession of it.

"We need to win games and if we cannot win them then we need to take a point. We need to start winning a fair few of the games that are left. If we get a win against Watford on Saturday then that's six points from nine."

Ishmael Miller will return to the squad for the fixture, though Grant Hall misses out with an ankle ligament problem. On loan Chelsea man Islam Feruz could start after making an appearance off the bench at Molineux.

"Islam's a bright, sharp little striker and Alan obviously knew of him from Celtic. It's his first time in English first-team football, after a little spell in Crete, but we've got high hopes that he can be something different for us at the top end of the pitch," Clark added.



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