No positives from ‘negative’ Pool display

Blackpool's players look dejected as the game ends
Blackpool's players look dejected as the game ends
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Lee Clark accused his Blackpool side of being too negative after a 2-0 defeat at Wolves which left him “very angry”.

Late goals from Dave Edwards and debutant Benik Afobe saw Pool tumble to their 15th defeat of the season, leaving them nine points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.

The Seasiders offered very little going forward against a Wolves side who were far from their best.

And it was this lack of attacking threat which appeared to anger the manager most.

Clark said: “I’m very angry. When my defence was continually being put under pressure it was going to tell – I think that was inevitable.

“We didn’t do enough to relieve the pressure. We played far too negatively. It was frustrating and disappointing.

“It was disappointing to concede the first so late in the game (after 86 minutes), then it was just a crazy error from us for the second goal.

“After the first seven or eight minutes of the second half we didn’t pose enough of a threat and played too deep. We were continually under pressure and in the end it told.”

In a poor game of just five shots on target, Pool managed two and never really looked like scoring.

Clark, who gave a debut to Chelsea loan striker Islam Feruz in the closing minutes, added: “We didn’t carry any threat. We never worked the goalkeeper enough.

“When there are six minutes of injury time, you are going 51 minutes trying to play with your back four under pressure and it is difficult.

“We could have relieved the pressure by being more adventurous with the ball and better with it, creating more problems for them.”

A mix-up between keeper Joe Lewis and substitute defender Darren O’Dea allowed Afobe the easiest of tap-ins and Clark was in no doubt where the blame lay.

He added: “Joe should have taken charge of the situation. If he comes out that far, he needs to take the ball, the striker and his own man.”

A bumper crowd of 28,132 paid tribute to Wolves’ former owner Sir Jack Hayward, who died last Tuesday aged 91, and manager Kenny Jackett said: “The fans turned out in great numbers for somebody who is a favourite son of both the city and the club.

“It was a great tribute before the game, and very, very well handled by the club and Sir Jack’s family.

“It was terrific to see the crowds come out in their numbers to show appreciation of a fantastic life, and I am delighted we followed through with a good result and had a very, very buoyant stadium at the end.

“We didn’t do enough with the considerable possession we had, particularly in the first half, and I was wondering where the goal was going to come from as it didn’t look like we were creating clear-cut chances.”