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The Reaction: Blues 3 Plymouth Argyle 2

Posted: Tue 06 Aug 2013
Author: Peter Lewis
Lee Clark

Lee Clark's reaction to the Capital One Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle.

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Read Blues boss Lee Clark's verdict on tonight's extra-time victory over Plymouth Argyle at St. Andrew's in the Capital One Cup.

Lee Clark on a difficult evening of cup football for his side… 

"I thought Plymouth were outstanding and caused us problems all night but I’ve got to say that some of those problems were of our own making. It’s tough to say unprofessionalism because we’ve got some kids in there, and I mean proper kids, and they’ve got to learn quickly. We shot ourselves in the foot a few times and thankfully we had enough in our locker to go on and win it. I’m well aware of how the club got there (Wembley) last time when they scraped through against Brentford. We all know what happened after that and I’m hoping history repeats itself."

Clark on his young side’s continual learning process… 

"They are an unbelievable group of lads. We’ve got a great spirit of togetherness and they want to learn. If they continue to do that and they listen then I think we’re on the verge of doing something a bit different with a young group of players that can give me everything. But what we’ve got to realise is when you’re playing first-team football and you make basic errors and be unprofessional at times then you’ll get punished. There was no lack of spirit or work ethic but it was frustrating the way we gave Plymouth chances to score."

Lee Clark on the goals his team conceded…

"I know the lad (Lewis Alessandra) struck an absolute dream of a first goal but we can prevent that if we’re goal side then he doesn’t actually pick the ball up. And the second goal we’ve given away cheap possession on the edge of their box when we should be keeping the ball better and then we made a poor decision defensively to give them the ball back. It gives us a problem because we go through extra-time, we’ve used up all our subs, we’ve got one or two players that we’ve borrowed from Premier League clubs that are a bit short on fitness because they joined us later and they’re fatiguing and we’re losing a bit of legs. It also changes our training plan for the rest of the week but thankfully we’ve got through because I would have felt absolutely sick if we’d have gone through all that and been one of the shocks of the evening." 

Clark on the way his side bounced back to clinch victory in extra-time…

"They showed fantastic character and that will stand us in good stead. We’ve won the game but it doesn’t paper over the cracks that some of the deficiencies that we had tonight cannot be repeated. And I’m really positive that they won’t because they young players are listening and learning."

Clark on Scott Allan’s brace…

"He’s got the ability and the talent and we hope that we can nurture that into giving us what Ravel Morrison gave us. I’m seeing Ravel Morrison starting for West Ham United in pre-season now and there must be a great chance that he’s going to play in the Premier League. That’s the stage that I’m giving him (Allan), in a big club with expectation where we like to play high-tempo football. We know we can get more out of him."