Two-match mission to climb off the bottom

Lee Clark
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Lee Clark is targeting an unbeaten week to drag his Blackpool team off the foot of the Championship table.

The Seasiders have fallen further adrift in the relegation zone and are now 12 points from safety, despite drawing their last two games.

They travel to London to face high-flying Brentford this evening (7.45pm) before welcoming second-bottom Wigan to Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Pool are without an away victory all season and have won only once in 31 attempts on the road, though a result at Griffin Park tonight would set up a six-pointer against their fellow strugglers on Saturday and a chance to climb off the bottom for the first time since October.

Pool manager Clark said: “Tonight is crucial for us, with Wigan coming up on Saturday.

“If we can get a result tonight, it would leave us in the position of being able to overtake Wigan on Saturday.

“That’s what we are looking to do and if we can do that, then we can aim at other things.

“The level of performances has been high in recent weeks and we deserved more from the Middlesbrough game (a 2-1 home defeat a fortnight ago).

“The quality has been there and the fighting spirit has been there.

“I just want to players to continue to do that for the rest of the season. If they do, then I can’t ask any more.”

Tonight Clark comes up against Brentford boss Mark Warburton, who will leave his job at the end of the season after a disagreement with the club’s owner.

That shock news did little to derail the Bees’ play-off push as they swept aside third-placed Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday.

And Clark was full of praise for his opposite number.

“The guy has done a brilliant job down there and it’s surprising what’s happened,” he said.

“Us outsiders don’t really know what’s happened at Brentford but Mark’s been brilliant.

“The brand of football they play and the players they have speak volumes for him.

“On Saturday they beat the team I think is the best in the division.

“It will be a tough game for us but we’ll try and take them on.”