Clark: Let’s get off the bottom

Lee Clark
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Lee Clark has set his players a short-term target at Blackpool – to get off the bottom of the table.

A win at Norwich tomorrow along with a defeat for Wigan would see the Seasiders lift themselves from the foot of the table for the first time since Clark’s arrival in November.

Pool remain nine points from safety but last week’s win against Brighton has once again give the side a glimmer of hope.

Clark insists it’s all about small steps.

“If we can move off the bottom of the table it would be psychologically huge,” he said.

“We have to keep chipping away and give everyone a boost – to show we are still fighting.

“We are dealing with set-backs in the right way. Blackpool have been at the bottom since early in the season and have always been chasing.

“We’ve now started to win games but we have to start picking up points away from home.

“We have nine home games and are giving ourselves a chance, but we need to add to that away from home.”

Blackpool are yet to win a game on the road this season with their last victory on the road coming against Wigan last April.

Tomorrow they face play-off chasing Norwich under new manager Alex Neil and Clark is only too aware of the task facing his side.

He said: “It would be a massive step for us to get back-to-back wins and get our first away win of the season.

“It’s a very very difficult game, they have a terrific team with lots of pace and have managed to not only keep many of their Premier League side, but also add to it.

“I played against them earlier this season and they play with a high tempo.

“We have a game plan and know we can do it.

“We need to stick to the game plan for the full game and not just the first 45 minutes like against Watford.”

One player who won’t be involved tomorrow is winger Alex Henshall who has returned to Ipswich Town.

The young winger failed to impress during his two substitute appearances last month and a knee injury has cut short his time at Bloomfield Road.

Clark revealed: “Alex has had a bit of a knee problem and has gone back to Ipswich.

“His loan expires at the weekend so he’s gone back, he wouldn’t have been available for the weekend anyway as he was injured.

“We’ll be looking to just that loan different.”