Defeat summed up our season, says Clark

Blackpool's Jose Miguel Cubero battles with  Fulham's Sean Kavanagh
Blackpool's Jose Miguel Cubero battles with Fulham's Sean Kavanagh
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Lee Clark said Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham summed up Blackpool’s season.

The relegated Seasiders had more than their fair share of play but an early Matt Smith header sealed the points for Fulham and virtually secured their Championship status.

Smith’s eighth-minute goal came after two huge chances for winger Henry Cameron to put Pool ahead.

Clark said: “The goal we conceded was really poor but we were the dominant team in the game.

“We had two good opportunities through young Henry early in the game and he was really unlucky.

“They went up the other end – we didn’t stop the cross or defend it well and it crept in.

“It wasn’t a powerful header – it was more of a flick off his head.

“We might even have felt harshly done by had we only taken a point. It’s the story of our season really.

“We dominated the game but just couldn’t get through to score.

“There are lots of positives. The individual performances of lots of players in the last four or five home games have been of a high standard but we’ve got to get wins on the board.”

The rock-bottom Seasiders remain on 25 points, one behind Stockport County’s lowest ever Championship tally.

They have two matches remaining, at Cardiff and at home to Huddersfield, to avoid making this humiliating piece of history, though Clark feels they should have ended a 16-game winless streak which stretches back to January.

He added: “Our end product could have been a bit better at times but I thought we dominated the game from start to finish.

“The end can’t come soon enough really, but with the exception of Derby (where Pool lost 4-0 last Tuesday) I think the level of performance has been high in recent weeks.

“The players are trying to show a lot of courage on a really poor pitch and trying to pass the ball around.

“The grass is starting to grow but that’s making the bounce of the ball tough.”

Nine points and four places clear of the drop zone, Fulham are as good as safe but manager Kit Symons was far from impressed with the game.

He said: “It was a scrappy, horrible, ugly game, but it was imperative we got a win and we managed to do that, with a clean sheet to boot.

“There were a couple of times we could have scored another one towards the end, but I’ll just take the three points whatever way they come at this stage.

“We did ride our luck a bit, but we’ve not had an awful lot of luck this year, so maybe it was a little bit overdue.

“Mathematically we need one more point but this was a massive win for us.

“It wasn’t a classic and not one I will show the grandkids in years to come.”