The maddest game I’ve ever seen - Clark

Lee Clark
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Lee Clark hailed Saturday’s eight-goal thriller as the “craziest” game he’s ever experienced.

Blackpool effectively ended the game with eight men, having had Tom Aldred sent off on his debut before seeing Darren O’Dea stretchered off and goalscorer Andrea Orlandi also injured with all three substitutions already made.

Manager Clark said: “I don’t think any of us (the staff) have experienced anything like Saturday and we’ve all played in crazy games. It had everything.

“At 2-0 up we shot ourselves in the foot, got back in the lead and then shot ourselves in the foot again.

“Down to 10 men, nine then basically eight, we had Steven Davies playing at centre-half, Gary Madine in centre midfield and David Perkins at full-back. Then we had the biggest sucker punch ever, going behind five minutes into stoppage-time.

“But they showed terrific attitude and fighting spirit, and it ended up being a great point. I’m really proud of the way the lads battled back.”

Orlandi pulled a thigh muscle but managed to stay on the field. “We just left him on to be a nuisance really,” added Clark, who missed David Ferguson’s last-gasp equaliser after getting into an argument with a supporter.

“I was getting a bit of grief from one of our own fans for not being attacking enough with eight players. I was busy having a conversation with him,” explained Clark.