Clark hails ‘natural finisher’ Telford

Blackpool's Dom Telford
Blackpool's Dom Telford
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Lee Clark described Dom Telford as a natural born finisher after the teenager fired his first career goal in the 1-1 home draw with Rotherham.

The 18-year-old youth team product came off the bench to equalise after 83 minutes and earn Pool a point after back-to-back Championship defeats.

And manager Clark, who also handed a home debut to young midfielder Mark Waddington, was delighted for Telford.

He said: “Dom is a natural goalscorer and that goal was the finish of a natural finisher.

“He sniffed around the right areas and tucked it away really well with the outside of his foot.”

It was Telford’s first senior appearance since a brief debut in the defeat at Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the season.

And Clark added: “I was delighted for him. He’ll be on cloud nine.

“It’s also great to see Mark Waddington get on the field.”

After a torrid first half, in which Pool were always on the back-foot but somehow managed not to concede, Clark revealed a half-time blast sparked his players into a life.

He added: “I left the players in no uncertain terms that lady luck had shined upon us in the first half.

“We could have been four down. We just didn’t get to grips with them at all.

“Sometimes you have to understand the conditions you’re playing in and Rotherham did that in the first half. We didn’t do any of the things we spoke about beforehand.

“Thankfully our goalkeeper was on terrific form.

“As a manager you can’t legislate for a start to the game like that. We’d had a good meeting in the morning and were more than aware of what we had to do.

“We aren’t talking about kids – these are experience players.

“ I thought we started the second half better. In the end I was pleased with the point and I thought we could have won it.”

Rotherham manager Steve Evans admitted seeing victory snatched away late on by fellow strugglers Pool was a bitter pill to swallow.

“It’s as low as I’ve been all season,” said the Millers boss.

“One of my central defenders (Kari Arnason) didn’t make a basic header as the ball’s come straight down the pitch.

“Lee Clark said to me at full-time that if it was 6-0 at half-time he couldn’t have complained, and if it was six they’d have got away lightly.

“We totally dominated. If it had been 8-0 or 9-0 the Blackpool fans would not have complained or said any different. I had a fan say to me at half-time, ‘How’s it not 5-0?’

“There are no positives from that game. We should have beaten them.

“We passed the ball on a horrible pitch that shouldn’t be in the Championship.

“I feel sorry for the Blackpool fans – their chairman wants to invest in a new pitch.

“But we shot ourselves in the foot, as we have for the last couple of weeks.”