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Just rewards

Posted: Sat 09 Feb 2013
Author: Paddy Day
Lee Clark

Lee Clark

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Lee Clark hailed the way his side fought back to earn a deserved point at the Valley.

Blues appeared down-and-out when Charlton Athletic surged ahead two minutes from time, but they showed great bravery to rescue a point in the 93rd minute thanks to Wade Elliott’s prod home from close range.

Clark told “The game turned on its head in the last couple of minutes. I thought it was quite an even contest. My team put on a good away performance. I thought it might have been a bit of an injustice if we hadn't taken anything from the game.

“We looked solid and strong; we defended and worked extremely hard. We’ve also created numerous chances and on another day we could have got more than the one goal. They might have done as well but we certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game, that’s for sure.

He added: “It shows the character of the group. This isn't the first time we've scored a late goal to take something from the game.”

The visitors, including an inspired Jack Butland, worked tremendously hard to keep a rampant Charlton at bay for the majority of the afternoon.

Clark continued: “I thought as a team we defended brilliantly, we had good shape and we worked hard. I just think we didn't press the ball quickly enough to stop the cross. With it being so late you think it's game over but not for the first time my lads have come back and responded late in the game.”

And the Blues said of his ‘keeper: “It won't be long before Jack's pushing Joe Hart to be England's number one. I think the whole package with him is unbelievable. He's always looking to improve himself. I just love the way he's handled himself with the Olympics and his England call-up. It all points to the very top.”