Charlton 2 Blackpool 2 - manager reaction

Blackpool manager Lee Clark applauds the fans after their 2-2 draw at The Valley
Blackpool manager Lee Clark applauds the fans after their 2-2 draw at The Valley
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Lee Clark was once again full of praise for his players after picking up yet another point on the road.

Steven Davies’ late header left Pool four games unbeaten, but still eight points from safety.

And Clark was proud of his players.

“The effort and application from the players and the never-say-die attitude was summed up by Steven’s bravery for the equaliser,” he said.

“We started the game really well and created some chances . I think Charlton had the upper hand in the second half if I’m honest.

“But while my players have got that fighting spirit in them, fighting for every little point, we’ve given ourselves a chance and it gives you hope for the future.

“We’ve got to carry on that momentum and my players should take a lot of confidence from this.

“We’re chipping away at the teams above. We’ve got to be able to deal with the setbacks and learn from them not let them linger.

“I’m trying to create a different atmosphere around the club. I’m delighted with the response of the players so far.”

Charlton Athletic manager Bob Peeters admitted he was left frustrated.

It was their 12th draw of the season, the most in the Championship, and it could have been worse as Chris Eagles gave the visitors the lead before Yoni Buyens and Jordan Cousins turned the game on its head.

But Steven Davies’ late header left Peeters frustrated as his team failed to hold on to another lead against the division’s bottom club.

“It’s very frustrating but that’s football,” said Peeters. “It’s a draw again and another time we’ve given away the lead.

“We played well after the (score was drawn at) 1-1 and the players could have done a bit better pushing for the 3-1.

“At the moment we don’t need to look at the top six, we need to get a win and we’ll see where we are in January.

“We have a lot of difficulties winning. If you can’t win games then you need to be humble and work hard and not look too much at the top six.

“We played good football and created chances, but we’ve conceded two goals from set pieces and there’s not much you can do about that.

“The only thing we are forgetting to do is win the games. I can’t blame the players, they are working very hard.”

Charlton keeper Nick Pope was at fault for the opener as he punched Jamie O’Hara’s 25th-minute corner straight to Nyron Nosworthy, whose header was diverted in by Eagles.

The hosts were level seven minutes before the break when Peter Clarke tripped Igor Vetokele in the box, and Buyens dispatched the penalty and 10 minutes into the second half Cousins curled a low shot into the corner.

But - with one minute left to play - Davies beat Pope to a free-kick and nodded home, picking up a head injury in the process.