Manager Enthused Despite DefeatLee Clark was enthused by the performance of his side at Birmingham City this evening, despite ultimately losing out.
The manager made four changes for the match at St Andrew's and watched on as a number of players impressed and played themselves into his future plans.
"I'm disappointed for the players, I thought they were well worth at least a point," he said. "I thought the general performance was of a high standard and we had some really impressive individual performances.
"We made a conscious effort to give some players an opportunity with one eye on the future. We're realists, we have to keep fighting while we're mathematically still in there but I've got to have a structure in place and look at people ahead of the rebuilding job I'll be doing over the course of the summer months."
Given the positive signs, Clark is now prepared to move forward with some of the fresher faces in the games coming up.
"The players tonight have delivered a performance that probably warrants them staying in the team. It was one of our best performances for some time but unfortunately one little error has cost us the game. We haven't really let Birmingham in behind us."
One player who particularly impressed was debutant Miles Addison, signed on loan from AFC Bournemouth earlier today.
"I thought Miles was outstanding, it was a disciplined performance in front of the back four and he was very competitive in both boxes. He showed composure on the ball and his passing ability was good, as well as his organisational skills. He gives us a presence in midfield," he added.