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Clark - I'll get it right

Posted: Wed 29 Aug 2012
Author: Chris Quinn

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Lee Clark has issued a battle cry to his players and vowed to turn around Blues' fortunes.

The frustrated Blues boss saw his side exit the Capital One Cup with an extra-time defeat against Coventry City and has now called on his players to show their battling qualities against Peterborough United at St. Andrew's this weekend.

“We’ve got an expectant crowd and rightly so, it’s a massive club,” said Clark. “We’ve got to kick on now, I need 11 warriors on Saturday because there is going to be expectation around the place and we’ve got to be able to handle that, be positive and play our football.

“Saturday, we need to win. It doesn’t matter how we do it, we need to win.”

Clark was full of praise for the 3,859 fans that made the trip to the Ricoh Arena and has promised Bluenoses that results will improve.

“I’m convinced I’m going to do it. It’s a set back and this is the biggest test of my managerial career, but I’m not going to shirk it. I want to be the one that delivers the success and I can be, I’ll do it, I promise. I’ll work every hour and I’ll do whatever I have to do to get it right.

“The fans have been brilliant. They were right to boo at the end because they’re fantastic fans and they’re not daft. They can see the Mickey Mouse goals that are going in. I’ve no qualms with that.”

Blues were undone by goals by Cody McDonald, Kevin Kilbane and Carl Baker, but Clark bemoaned the individual errors that contributed to their downfall.

“We started brilliantly, caused them problems, should have gone two up with Burkey (Chris Burke) and then within five minutes we’re 2-1 down. We have to respond better to setbacks. We need to dust ourselves down and start again. We’re not shooting ourselves in the foot; we’re blowing our legs off. It’s soul-destroying.”

“Whatever we do with the ball, if people keep making crazy and uncharacteristic errors, we’ll find it difficult to win football games. It is poor decisions by experienced players.

“We’ve got to be able to defend. If that means there has to be change in personnel to make us a bit stronger, we will do that.”