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The Reaction - Blues 3 Derby County 3

Posted: Sat 01 Feb 2014

The Reaction: Blues 3 Derby County 3

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Lee Clark's gives his thoughts on his team's courageous comeback draw with Derby County.

Clark on the terrific spirit shown by his side to battle back from 3-1 down...

“If they give me that from now until the end of the season, we'll get lots of positive results. I think their effort, desire and never-say-die attitude was there for everyone to see. They could have just buckled against quality opposition but they didn't and had a terrific end to the game. We were very young with players that have only just got to know each other over the last couple of days and so many of them making their debuts at the same time. In an ideal world it's about dipping these youngsters two or three at a time, but you look at the age of the team that we started with and the lack of experience is scary at times. But they’re taking everything in their stride and what they’re showing us is that on top of their undoubted ability, they can handle the mental aspect of the game and having the moral courage to keep fighting.”

Clark on goal-scoring hero Macheda’s impact after coming off the bench...

“He made a huge contribution when he came on and looked bright. He’s a goal-scorer. How I got him so late in the window was a shot in the dark. I was getting bounced all over with phone calls for strikers and it was looking like I might have to go without. But right at the last minute I just made a call and found out that one or two clubs that had been in for him – one in the Premier League – had gone elsewhere. He had a huge club back in Italy to go to but he wanted to stay in the UK, so I thought I’d try my hand and I’m glad I did.”     

Clark on the support from the fans...

“Their support of me and the team has been brilliant all season and today it was right at the top. Even at 3-1, they never went against the players, they just tried to encourage them and I think that went in our favour. I like to show my appreciation of the fans. We’ve got so much inexperience in our team and when you’re a young player things can work against you, not just on the tactical side of the game. The mental side can become an issue when you’re up against it a little bit. Sometimes when you’re a young player, you want to look around you and see four or five experienced players. But the boys are looking around and seeing boys either their own age or even younger.”

Clark on the injury to Tom Thorpe...

“We’re devastated for him. He’s a terrific kid and we’re absolutely delighted to get someone of his quality. Manchester United rate him so highly and he’s been a brilliant lad. We’re hoping it’s just a badly sprained ankle but that will be assessed by Manchester United’s medical team and we’ll find out more hopefully by Monday.”