Clarke hopes to ‘stick two fingers’ to doubters

Peter Clarke

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Peter Clarke says Blackpool’s players are determined to ‘stick two fingers up’ to all the doubters.

The Seasiders have had a terrible start to the season with five defeats out of five games so far.

It’s prompted plenty of criticism from outsiders, although the club’s fans have remained fully behind boss Jose Riga and the players.

But Clarke, who’s enjoying his second spell at the club, says the squad are desperate to prove people wrong.

“We all want to stick up two fingers to everyone basically, to the doubters,” he said.

“We want to prove everyone wrong here.

“There are doubters everywhere, but we have a desire and belief we will prove people wrong.

“I think people have seen signs we are getting there, in spells.

“It’s not going to happen over night but we are getting there.

“We are all working and all desperate to get that first win and get some points on the board.

“With the first points belief will come.”

Blackpool travel to Ian Holloway’s Millwall on Saturday desperate to end their run of defeats.

While Clarke admits the side’s form is a worry, he is convinced everything will be OK.

He said: “People will get concerned the longer this goes on, but I’d tell them not to worry.

“We are getting there, and things will turn around.

“I believe we’ve got enough within this group to get a win sooner rather than later.

“The lads are good, believe it or not.”

Clarke was a hugely popular figure during his first spell at the club before leaving for Southend eight-years-ago.

And although much has changed since he was last at Bloomfield Road, he says the fans have been consistent.

“The fans are fantastic, I can’t speak highly enough of them,” said the 32-year-old.

“I knew that from my first time here, when times are hard and everything seems lost they stick with us.

“I can’t thank them enough for the support.

“If they stick with us, it will come good.

“It’s good to be back here and playing, but not nice to be on the end of these results.

“There’s a lot of work going on to get results on the pitch and when that starts to happen I’ll be a very happy man.”