Pool tripped up again by Achilles heel

Blackpool manager Lee Clark
Blackpool manager Lee Clark
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Lee Clark pointed the finger at his Blackpool side’s “Achilles heel” after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at promotion-chasing Ipswich.

Clark was left to bemoan more poor defending as Pool conceded their 83rd goal of the Championship campaign after 83 minutes to seal their 25th defeat in 42 games.

Andrea Orlandi had given Pool a shock fourth-minute lead only for Freddie Sears’ quickfire double to put the home side ahead at half-time.

Henry Cameron equalised only for Berra’s far-post header to lift Ipswich back into the play-off zone.

Clark said: “When you score two goals here you expect to get something, but our Achilles’ heel has been conceding poor goals.

“We battled well against an impressive team, whose work ethic and togetherness is fantastic.

“My team had a go but we’re disappointed, certainly with the goals we’ve given away.

“It’s tough for us to take nothing from the game but that’s been the story of our season.”

The result mattered not, rock-bottom Pool having been relegated a week ago, but they still have four games to play, starting with tomorrow’s visit to Derby.

The Rams are another top-six side and Clark feels Pool should use that to their advantage.

He said: “We should be putting the pressure on these teams and frustrating the crowds.

“The pressure was all on Ipswich on Saturday because these clubs are desperate to get into the top six.

“It was about turning the screw and trying to get one or two opportunities.

“We didn’t seem to do that and the third goal killed us. That was a disappointing goal to concede.”

Mick McCarthy felt his Ipswich side were worthy winners but he gave credit to Blackpool.

McCarthy said: “We had enough chances to win two matches. We would love to be sweeping everyone aside but we haven’t done all season.

“I knew Blackpool would be a tough nut to crack. They have some good players and they can take chances as they have nothing to lose.

“It took our centre-back (Christophe Berra) to be on the spot but it doesn’t matter how we got it (the winner).

“We now have 71 points – my best total since I’ve been here – but we are still nowhere near clinching a top-six spot. It will go right to the end.”