Leeds United: Clark issues rallying call after home reverse

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark.
Birmingham City manager Lee Clark.
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Under pressure Birmingham manager Lee Clark made a rallying call to his players to fight for their lives after a heavy Sky Bet Championship home defeat to Leeds United.

After watching his side ominously drop into the relegation area for the first time this season with a 3-1 loss to Leeds, Clark said defiantly: “I am extremely confident that I can rally the players and lift them to get the necessary points. It is hurting me and my family. It is affecting the enjoyment of living in a fantastic part of the world.

“It is not great, so I am prepared to do everything to keep us in the league. I know that I can do it.

“I believe that I have the backing of the players. A bit of nervous tension has crept in and we need to find a way of eradicating this in the last two games.

“Our poor home form is reality. I cannot affect the past but I can the future so why not go out with bang in our last home game against Wigan by winning?

“That would set us up for the last match of the season to give us an opportunity to stay in the league.”

Commenting on the latest defeat, Clark admitted: “We were energetic and powerful in the first half but to give away goals like we did you get punished.”

Birmingham now have a huge fight on their hands to pick themselves up off the canvas after they have miserably failed to win any of their last 17 home games.

Such pitiful home form is the reason why Clark’s men find themselves in such a desperate position on and off the field.

They were destroyed in a two-minute purple patch as Leeds completed the double over Blues, to leave the hosts facing the prospect of playing third tier football for the first time in 20 years.

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