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Clark: Not Acceptable

14 March 2015

Manager Unhappy With Display

Lee Clark couldn't hide his anger following a performance he described as 'not acceptable' against AFC Bournemouth this afternoon. 

The manager was frustrated with the goals conceded, as Brett Pitman scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 victory for the home side.

"We just gave absolutely shocking goals away that shouldn’t be given away in professional football," he said. "It’s soul destroying for me and I feel for the supporters who made the long journey down again. It is not acceptable.

"All the things we talked about, what Bournemouth would do and what they were good at, they never came up with anything unexpected. They never did things that we didn’t think they would do, so we’ve got to be better."

The manager has chopped and changed his side in recent weeks to find the right combination moving forward, however things haven't materialised as expected. 

"Some of them have been given a chance since Wigan, when it was decided that it was going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to stay in the division. I’ve given people opportunities all over the park and some of them haven’t taken that chance."

Jamie O'Hara missed out at Bournemouth and remains a doubt for Tuesday's game against Charlton an ankle problem, though Niall Maher could return if he responds well to treatment.  

"Jamie is struggling with his ankle, he’s played the last three or four games not even 100 per cent fit. He hasn’t even trained all week and for the first time he didn’t put himself forward so I knew he was really struggling. He’ll be a doubt for Tuesday.

"I’m waiting for some news back on Niall Maher who had an injection on Friday. If that’s worked then we’ll know by Monday. Fingers crossed it’s worked and he comes back into play," Clark added.

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