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Clark Set To Make Changes

4 March 2015

Manager Previews Birmingham Game

Lee Clark looks set to make a few changes this evening as Blackpool face Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

The manager, in search of the right response following Saturday's defeat to Wigan, is prepared to give other players an opportunity to impress.

With 12 games of the season remaining and a big points deficit to make up, Clark has one eye on the future as well as the short-term situation.

"Things will happen in terms of team selection and things we'll look at in terms of the future as well," he revealed. "While it's still mathematically possible we've got to keep fighting for every single second of every minute to try and stay in the division. As you go further adrift and the games start running out, it obviously makes it a lot more difficult to do.

"There might be possibilities at Birmingham for players who haven't maybe had a chance since we've been here to stake an opportunity and be part of the future."

Charles Dunne will definitely miss the game due to suspension, while Henry Cameron and Andrea Orlandi sit out with injury. Jamie O'Hara has an 'outside chance' of featuring.

Tonight will be the first time Clark has returned to Birmingham City since his departure, with Gary Rowett's side containing a number of key players he signed during his time in the West Midlands. 

"I don't think the personnel has changed too much, they've obviously brought Michael Morrison in, Rob Kiernan and Lloyd Dyer. The majority of the squad is exactly the same as what I had, and under Gary they've had a good run so we know it will be a tough game," he said.

Three of Blackpool's last four away performances have resulted in four or more goals being conceded, so any positive result must be built from the back.

"We have to be harder to beat, we've conceded too many poor goals over the last few weeks. We've got to be solid to try and give us a foothold in the game so that we can go on and get a victory.   

"We were all disappointed following the result and performance against Wigan, but we've now got a good opportunity to get back playing and get a good, positive result," he added.

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