Clark demands instant response from players

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Lee Clark has revealed he has kept his cool with his squad since Saturday’s mauling but has demanded an instant response.

Pool face a Boxing Day trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday six days after a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Bournemouth.

While many would have expected a passionate Clark to lose his rag with his players, he admits that wasn’t the case.

“Probably in my early days I’d have gone into the dressing room and said things to players which they might not have recovered from,” he explained.

“But with experience I have realised that’s not always the best way to deal with it.

“That’s not to say I wasn’t angry or embarrassed after the game, of course I was, but as the manager I have to find a balance.

“I have to lift this group of players as I need them now.

“I know the fans are angry and rightly so but me berating the players is not going to help them recover, which we need to do.

“I watched the game back on Saturday night and assessed it in a sensible way it’s now time we reacted.”

Saturday’s defeat saw Pool drift to 10 points from Championship safety and they face two vital games in three days over the weekend.

Both Boxing Day’s Sheffield Wednesday clash and the visit of Rotherham on Sunday see Clark’s men face club’s around them in the Championship table.

And for that reason the Pool boss need a reaction.

He said: “It’s tough as the lads have been fantastic for me in the last four games.

“I’ve now got to trust them again which I do.

“I know we can bounce back from this and we have to be able to.

“It’s a set back, a huge one at that but we have got to be able to go again.

“I said all along we’d have set backs although I wasn’t contemplating one like Saturday.

“We have to dust ourselves down and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

“Nobody will help us, except ourselves and our fans, we now have to dust ourselves down and get some points.”

n Blackpool’s reserve side were hammered 5-1 by Burnley yesterday.

Returning Clarets striker Sam Vokes scored twice as an experienced Pool side including the likes of Joan Oriol, Jeffrey Rentmiester, Andrea Orlandi and Ishmael Miller were well beaten by their Premier League hosts.