Clark explains Lewis selection

Blackpool's Joe Lewis

Blackpool's Joe Lewis

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Lee Clark said the recall of goalkeeper Joe Lewis for last night’s Charlton clash was brought about by the club’s poor results since dropping him, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The Pool boss had hinted that Cardiff loan keeper Lewis’ time at Bloomfield Road was up, with Elliot Parish preferred in goal for the previous three games.

But after Parish’s disappointing display at Bournemouth on Saturday, Clark surprised many by recalling Lewis.

Clark said it was a case of needs must. “There was no change of heart. We pay Joe Lewis a good wage, so we played him,” he said.

“I felt after the Wigan game that I had to give other people a chance and I did that.

“Now people can’t tell me they haven’t had the opportunity. I felt it was now right for Joe to come back in.

“You don’t want to keep losing heavily. I’m giving the players a chance and they have to deliver. We are relying on them to perform.

“You just want the season to end so you can start again. We know what our fate is and we just need to change the mindset. The mentality has to change throughout the whole place.”