Lee Clark hailed his players as “absolutely magnificent” after winning his first point as Blackpool manager at Fulham last night.
The Seasiders burst into a two-goal lead through Ishmael Miller and debutant Jacob Murphy before Tony McMahon’s sending-off allowed the home side back into the game.
But boss Clark was beaming with pride after the 2-2 draw halted a run of four Championship defeats for the bottom club.
Clark said: “Had it stayed at 11 v 11 we would have gone back to Blackpool with three points.
“The players were absolutely magnificent to a man. They gave me everything. Their endeavour and work ethic were unbelievable.
“We had players putting their bodies on the line to get blocks in. There aren’t many better teams at home than Fulham, with their quality.”
Scott Parker fired Fulham back into the game on the stroke of half-time before Bryan Ruiz scored straight from a corner with 16 minutes left.
Clark felt the equaliser shouldn’t have stood. He added: “For us to only concede a debatable second goal was a credit to my players.
“I’ve seen the goal back and I thought there was a foul on Joe Lewis. I thought Joe was fantastic and he was quite clearly fouled.”