Blues had been below-par in their previous two outings on home soil but put in a much brighter display this afternoon and looked to be heading for victory against the in-form Foxes courtesy of Peter Lovenkrands’ first-half opener. The visitors hit back through sub Ben Marshall late on but there were still some encouraging signs for Clark’s team to build upon.
“You’re hoping that you can hold out but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and it’s a quality strike that has got them a point. Possibly they might have deserved that on how they played but I think it was a cracking game by both teams,” said the Blues boss. “I had quite a young team out there today and they’ve put in a right good performance. They were really brave against a good side.”
Clark selected on-loan midfielder Ravel Morrison in the starting line-up for the first time since the opening day and the West Ham man’s performance earned him the supporters’ man-of-the-match award. “I think he’s shown people what he’s about,” commented the Blues manager. “He has the natural ability of a Paul Gascoigne. He goes past people with ease, as if they’re not there, and he sees a pass quickly and he can deliver it. I think there’s a lot more to come from him but I’m delighted with how he reacted.”
Clark continued: “We had a watershed moment a couple of weeks ago when I had a good chat with him because I didn’t bring him here not to play or even not to be on the bench. I brought him here to be one of the main players. He just loves the game, so much that he gets a little bit disappointed when maybe I don’t pick him in the starting 11, and it affects his training performances. But since I’ve had the chat with him his attitude and application has been absolutely fantastic.”
Goal-scorer Lovenkrands and Marlon King were also recalled in an attack-minded team. “I just thought to myself that I want to go for the jugular and try and field a very positive team,” explained the Blues manager. “I went with Ravel, two out-and-out wide men and two strikers and it made for an open game. I just wanted to get our fans excited a bit because I felt that we’d let them down in the last two home games with inept performances.
Looking back on Lovenkrands’ strike, Clark added: “It was a terrific goal. James Hurst has put a great ball down the right-hand side and the combination play between the two strikers was good,” said Clark. “Unfortunately I’ve lost Peter now though as he has pulled his groin and Jonathan Spector will also be suspended for Tuesday.”