Blues were on course for a point when Leroy Lita equalised early in the second-half – only for Cardiff captain Mark Hudson to win all three points for his team.
But Blues have quite clearly turned a corner after acquitting themselves well in South Wales and Brighton over the past few days.
And this hasn’t gone unnoticed by Clark, who said: “The performance was there again today. The last two games I’ve seen bright signs – our performances have been good. We’ve come to two very tough places and been more in the game. We’ve handled the opposition very well and I certainly feel we should have got something from this game, which would have been two positive results.”
For large parts of the encounter the visitors kept the Bluebirds at bay and looked capable of coming away with something, but the Blues defence couldn’t stop Malky Mackay’s men from breaching them twice.
Clark added: “I think we deserved something from the game. I thought we played well and we just got a bit unlucky. The goals (conceded) are disappointing from our point of view but I feel we deserved at least a point.”
The defining moment arrived when Hudson swiftly cancelled out Lita’s equaliser from a corner – something which Clark admitted was difficult to bounce back from.
He concluded: “When you get back in the game and five minutes afterwards you go 2-1 down – it’s tough. We should have dealt with the corner better.”