Leeds United 3 Blackpool 1: Clark looking for a positive response from his side

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Lee Clark says his Blackpool side must bounce back after a sorry first-half performance cost them dearly in a 3-1 defeat at Leeds United on Saturday.

“We didn’t start the game at all, it was chalk and cheese from Wednesday night,” Clark said.

“It was the same personnel, with the exception of Brian (Lenihan) for Tony (McMahon), and the same system but we didn’t read the warning signs. From the first four or five minutes they got in behind us down our left-hand side five or six times. We didn’t do anything about getting people in positions and just being a solid five for 10 or 15 minutes to weather the storm.

“We just let them continue to hurt us where they’d been hurting us and they eventually go one up, and by the time the half-time whistle comes there’s a huge mountain to climb, which proved too much for us. I’ve got no qualms about the result because the first-half performance wasn’t good enough.”

Clark has now challenged his players to react in the right manner and make themselves difficult to beat.

“There’s no point having terrific assets, i.e. pace and power, if we don’t use them.

“That’s what we’ve got to start doing, bringing them out more often than not.

“We need points as soon as possible, we need to get on a run and I’ve stressed that to the players. The way we started today deflates everybody.

“We’ve got to bounce back, we owe it to the supporters. We’ve got to keep going because there’s so many games to go.

“If you go on one decent run over the course of the season – Bolton are showing that at the moment – then you give yourselves a right good chance.

“That’s what we’ve got to do,” he added.

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