‘Don’t let Cardiff win go to waste’

Peter Clarke

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Peter Clarke has called upon his Blackpool team mates to ensure their first win against Cardiff is more than a flash in the pan.

The Seasiders return to action tomorrow against Huddersfield more than two weeks since picking up their first win of the season against Cardiff.

It came on the back of a positive week for Jose Riga’s men who have shown real improvement in recent games.

And Clarke, who’s set to return to the squad after illness, says Pool must build-on their good form tomorrow.

“It’s imperative that what happened against Cardiff doesn’t go to waste,” he said.

“We want to pick up points tomorrow against a team who are around us in the league table. A few of the clubs at the bottom end of the table, including Huddersfield, have new managers and you’d expect them to improve.

“So it’s important we continue our form and build-on the progress we’ve made.

“I’m sure people will agree huge progress has been made here at Blackpool.

“Hopefully we’ll continue to improve as a squad and pick up more points.”

Clarke is finally available after missing four games with a bizarre twisted colon injury which saw him lose a stone in weight.

And while the international break came at a bad time for the in form Seasiders, it was perfect for Clarke.

He explained: “I’ve been on a sponsored eat and I’ve got my weight back up, which is nice.

“Personally the break came at a great time for me.

“It’s allowed me a chance to get back with the lads and get some really good training in, but I’ve also done a lot of hard work myself.”

For Clarke tomorrow’s game holds extra value personally, having captained the Terriers for fives years before joining Blackpool in the summer. He was released by previous boss Mark Robins, but that doesn’t change his memories.

“I spent five years at Huddersfield as captain and had some really good times there,” he said.

“I captained them to promotion which was fantastic.

“But come tomorrow at 3pm I’ll be thinking of nothing but a Blackpool win.

“They made the decision to look for something else in the summer and that was their prerogative.

“I’m delighted to be at Blackpool now showing my worth and I won’t be doing anything any different.

“Hopefully that will be enough to get us the three points.

“I had a good relationship with the fans at Huddersfield and it would be lovely to get a nice reception.

“But that’s secondary to the game and I want to do everything we can to beat them.”