Lee lauds Pool’s happy camp

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy Din­ham

LEE Clark be­lieves Black­pool’s late equaliser at Charl­ton showed the Seasiders can com­plete the great­est achieve­ment of his man­age­rial ca­reer by stay­ing in the Cham­pi­onship.

Steven Davies’ brave last-gasp header stole a point for the league’s bot­tom side and ex­tended their un­beaten run to four, although they re­main eight points from safety.

Chris Ea­gles’ opener was can­celled out by Yoni Buyens’ penalty and Jor­dan Cousins scored what looked like the win­ner be­fore Davies’ struck to leave Clark thrilled with his side’s at­ti­tude.

“To score so late in the game, the ef­fort and ap­pli­ca­tion from the play­ers, their never-say-die at­ti­tude and Steven’s brav­ery for the equaliser were ter­rific.

“While my play­ers have that fight­ing spirit it gives you a lit­tle chance and it gives you hope for the fu­ture.

“We’ve changed one or two things and the new per­son­nel we have brought in have got a tena­cious spirit about them.

“The play­ers lacked con­fi­dence and we’ve tried to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple en­joy com­ing in.

“That’s not just on the foot­ball side of things. We have been bring­ing peo­ple in be­hind the scenes and we want to have re­spect for those peo­ple. We want to see happy faces around the sta­dium.

“With­out a doubt it would be my best ever achieve­ment be­cause of the points to­tal I had, the dif­fer­ence of the points and the mood around the foot­ball club.”

Clark’s side took the lead when Jamie O’Hara’s cross by­passed Addicks keeper Nick Pope and Nyron Nos­wor­thy’s back-post header was hooked in by Ea­gles.

Charl­ton’s re­prieve ar­rived cour­tesy of Buyens’ cool spot­kick, send­ing Joe Lewis the wrong way after Igor Ve­tokele was hauled down by Peter Clarke.

The come­back was com­plete when 20-year-old Cousins was given too much time to pick his spot and curl the ball low past Lewis from 25 yards.

How­ever, with just two min­utes re­main­ing Davies got on the end of Tony McMa­hon’s free-kick two score for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game, pick­ing up an in­jury in the process.

Deep into the stop­page time, sub­sti­tute George Tu­cud­ean’s cut­back fell to An­dre Bikey but the de­fender fired well over, seal­ing the game’s out­come and leav­ing Bob Peeters frus­trated.

“I think they were just a bit frus­trated be­cause we con­ceded a late goal. I think they were just ner­vous as well be­cause we were lead­ing 2-1 and they wanted us to go for a third,” he said.

“We didn’t give away a chance and we started pretty well and peo­ple get ex­pec­ta­tions but we need to be re­al­is­tic as well.

“We have a young squad, to­day we played with a 17-yearold right-back, 21 or 22-year-old keeper, Callum Har­riott is 20 and Jor­dan Cousins as well.

“We have a lot of young play­ers and when we are lead­ing some­times we get a bit ner­vous be­cause the crowd wants us to fin­ish the game.

“Ev­ery­one is look­ing at the ta­ble and think­ing Black­pool are bot­tom of the ta­ble but it’s a new squad with nine new play­ers so it’s a dif­fer­ent squad to a month-anda-half ago.At the mo­ment we don’t need to look for the top six.What we need to do is get a win and see where we are in Jan­uary.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

LAST GASP: Black­pool’s Steve Davies scores his side’s late equaliser

SPOT ON: Yoni Buyens

scores a penalty

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