Pool squad left battered and bruised

Blackpool's Ishmael Miller is shown a red card
Blackpool's Ishmael Miller is shown a red card
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Blackpool have been left battered and bruised after back-to-back Christmas defeats.

Donervon Daniels (hamstring), Steven Davies (neck) and Darren O’Dea (hamstring) all failed to finish yesterday’s 1-0 reverse at Sheffield Wednesday, which ended with striker Ishmael Miller receiving his marching orders for a second yellow card.

It leaves manager Lee Clark with a major headache ahead of tomorrow’s must-win home clash with relegation rivals Rotherham.

Clark said: “We are running out of strikers, with Ishmael suspended and Steven Davies extremely doubtful for Sunday.

“We’ll have to come up with a plan or a system which will compensate for that.

“When Steven was knocked out scoring at Charlton, he had problems with his neck afterwards.

“He had an early shot which went over the bar against Sheffield Wednesday and felt it go again a bit. We think it might be worse than last time.

“It’s a shame because we thought Steven and Ishmael could cause problems and now we are left with neither of them.

“Donervon pulled his hamstring and Darren came off with tight hamstrings too. The problem is we have been doing pre-season work in the middle of the season.

“This is the balancing act I’m having to deal with because I demand such high intensity.”

Pool, thrashed 6-1 by Bournemouth last Saturday, remain bottom of the Championship, 10 points from safety and still without an away win all season.

A first-half penalty from Chris Maguire decided the game at Hillsborough after Peter Clarke fouled Stevie May.

Manager Clark seemed happy with his side’s display and was far from convinced by the spot- kick decision.

He added: “I don’t think we got what we deserved in any way, shape or form.

“Peter is adamant he didn’t get any of the man for the penalty and I thought we had the vast majority of the play.

“I couldn’t ask any more of the players. The least we deserved was a point.

“We went for the jugular with the system we played, and we had three or four really good chances to get something from the game.

“I couldn’t fault the players at all, though quality could be better in places.”

Pool’s players are back on the training ground this morning as they bid to bounce back against the Millers.

Clark revealed: “We are all staying together tonight at the hotel to try to prepare as best as we can. We are short on numbers but we have to try and go again.”