Clark: We need to rebuild belief

Blackpool manager Lee Clark
Blackpool manager Lee Clark
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Lee Clark says rebuilding Blackpool’s self-belief is one of his top priorities at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders fell to their fourth straight defeat in Clark’s first match in charge at home to Ipswich on Saturday.

A goal in each half by David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy gave Mick McCarthy’s side a comfortable 2-0 win which left rock-bottom Pool seven points from Championship safety.

Clark pointed at confidence as a major issue. He admitted: “The task here is as big as I thought it was. We have to get things done really quickly.

“What we have to do is get some positive results because the biggest problem seems to be the self-belief of the players. We have to get that back into them and how they will do that is by getting results.

“The lads trained really well on Thursday and Friday but on Saturday they looked nervous.

“I’d rather the players try something that doesn’t come off than not try it at all. It’s important to be positive in their play.

“Players do care and it hurts them when they aren’t winning matches. The league position affects players in different ways, and we have to try to rebuild the confidence around the club.”

Despite Ipswich being on the verge of the play-offs, they hardly impressed on an afternoon devoid of quality at Bloomfield Road.

Pool made it far too easy for the visitors and Clark says the ease with which they were allowed to score is an issue.

He added: “The quality of the goals we conceded on Saturday was a concern.

“The first one was the second phase from a shot and we came out without marking the striker. Initially we left two v one from the throw-in.

“For the second goal, we let the winger in far too easily, when he had two or three of my players around him. We should have done better to stop that.”

Clark was assisted by former Bolton and Celtic winger Alan Thompson on Saturday, although the coach is yet to put pen to paper on a deal with Pool.

The new boss is hoping to add at least two more to his backroom staff in the coming days.

He said the situation is “ongoing and we want it doing rather quickly.”