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Boss hails teen spirit

Posted: Sat 22 Dec 2012

Blues boss Lee Clark

Image by: PA Photos

Lee Clark was immensely proud of his young players after seeing his side snatch a late equaliser to earn a point against Burnley today.

Clark named no less than seven teenagers in his starting XI because of a host of injuries and they certainly didn’t let the Blues boss or themselves down.

Having taken a first half lead through Curtis Davies, Blues found themselves behind as they conceded twice in the space of 90 seconds. But Nikola Zigic came to the rescue with an 89th minute equaliser. 

“We had seven teenagers in the starting XI and I thought they were immense and I was very proud,” said Clark.

“A draw was no less than we deserved to be honest. I thought the young players put up a very spirited performance. That’s been our best first half at home for many games with lots of spirit and lots of endeavour.

“ There were a couple of situations where Burnley had opportunities in that early part of the game because of that youthful exuberance but we dealt with that and we deservedly took the lead. 

“But we switched off for a mad couple of minutes and Burnley scored twice. For the first goal we were too far ahead of the ball at the throw in and we didn’t  track the runner and for the second, gave the ball away from our kick-off  and gave them an opportunity.

“We always knew that they were a fantastic threat from set plays because Ross Wallace has got a fantastic delivery. I don’t think two goalkeepers would have stopped that to be honest.”

Clark continued: “We want to win and we’re desperate to win games but all things considered today and with all the setbacks we’re getting that seem to happen by the hour a draw was a good result. 

“We’ve had to patch up the team but as I said to the youngsters  before the game, if you stake a claim I’m not afraid to leave you in the team, no matter what happens when injuries clear up. If they perform individually and collectively and get the results, they stay there.”