Clark’s five game target for Pool

Blackpool manager Lee Clark
Blackpool manager Lee Clark
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Lee Clark wants Blackpool to continue their recent improvement at Charlton today in order to meet his points target.

Pool head to The Valley eight points from Championship safety and the manager has set a series of points targets in his bid to beat the drop.

Clark has divided Pool’s games into blocks of five, with a points target for each block.

He explained: “Charlton is the fourth game in this block and the players know what the target is in terms of points.

“I’m not going to say publicly what the target is but we aren’t there yet. When we get to 5pm after the Bournemouth game (next Saturday), we’ll know how we are doing in terms of hitting the targets.

“We need to be picking up points on a regular basis, so if we can get on a run it will build confidence and reduce the gap.”

Pool have picked up five points from their last three matches, and although today’s south London hosts have done well under new boss Bob Peeters and are in the top half, Clark is convinced his side can continue their run.

“I go into every game to win it,” he said. “We never prepare to lose or draw a game. We need maximum points as often as possible.

“It would be good to maintain the unbeaten run, which will improve momentum, but we are looking for the three points.

“I’ve done my homework on Charlton and faced them as Birmingham manager this season.

“We’ve prepared the players and hopefully they will deliver a performance for us.

“Charlton are a very good team. They play good passing football and are very patient as a team.

“They like to hit you on the counter-attack and have a lot of pace at the top end of the field, and we have to have a game-plan which combats that.”