Lee Clark was frustrated his Blackpool team were unable to hold on for a point at home to Middlesbrough last night, but the manager admitted a draw wouldn’t have been enough to ease the club’s relegation plight.
A header from Spanish striker Kike two minutes from time sealed Boro’s 2-1 win, which lifted them to the top of the Championship and left Pool 10 points adrift of safety at the bottom.
All the goals came in the final 10 minutes and Ben Gibson’s headed own goal after 85 minutes looked to have earned a point for Pool, although Clark admitted only wins can rescue them now.
The Pool boss said: “Draws aren’t going to be enough for us but it would have been a very good point against a very good team.
“We went toe to toe with Middlesbrough all over the field.
“We didn’t deserve to lose the game. Whether we deserved to win is another thing but we were left frustrated.
“It’s a blow to lose a game I thought we deserved more from.”
Pool battled throughout on a terrible pitch and looked to be heading for a clean sheet until Jonathan Woodgate’s powerful header broke the deadlock on 82 minutes.
Both of Boro’s goals game from crosses from wide areas, something else which frustrated Clark.
He added: “What annoys me is that we conceded from a throw in and a corner kick, which is always disappointing.
“Our goal came from one of the few times in the second half we put the ball in the box and we got our reward from it.”
But as for Boro’s goals, Clark said: “I always tell the players about going out to stop crosses. It seems to be a dying trait in football.”
Pool again turned to young players Henry Cameron and Dom Telford, who both started, while keeper Joe Lewis returned after sitting out the last three games.
“Young Telford and Cameron did well again,” Clark said. “The pressure is on but they are handling it really well and are shining lights for us at the moment.
“The pitch doesn’t help Henry when he’s doing his little dribbles.
“I’m really excited by these young lads and I think their temperament is a real credit to them.
“The circumstances of them coming into the side isn’t ideal, but they have handled themselves with real credit and it bodes well for their futures.”