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Tall task well met

Posted: Sat 16 Mar 2013
Author: Paddy Day
Lee Clark

Lee Clark salutes the travelling fans at London Road.

Image by: Press Association

Lee Clark hailed the way his side dealt with the aerial threat of Middlesbrough.

Blues’ backline coolly dealt with Boro’s forays forward on Teesside, before sealing their first victory at Middlesbrough since 1980.

The winner came on 81 minutes from Zigic gliding in front of his man, to bundle home Shane Ferguson’s ball across the face of goal.



Clark told bcfc.com: “Coming away from home, getting the clean sheet and what you call a proper striker’s goal to win it, it was a pleasing day.

“I thought in terms of the game, we started the match well. The first half an hour we had some good situations and caused one or two problems. I think we allowed Middlesbrough a little bit of momentum in the latter part of the half.

“The second-half we’ve had to deal with some set-plays coming in, which we knew before the game they were going to be a problem. We saw Middlesbrough’s team in comparison to the physicality and height of our lads.

“All we asked our players was to give it a go. If someone beats you in the air because they’re a couple of inches bigger than you then there’s nothing you can do about it. If we said ‘you can compete with them’ then you can put them off those headers and I think our lads have done that. When they did win the headers we had people kicking it off the line. Then we go down the other end and score a goal so I’m delighted.”

Blues next face Crystal Palace in the capital on Good Friday, leaving plenty of time for Jonathan Spector to have his ankle injury assessed.

Clark added: “We lost Jonathan with a tackle after 30 seconds so it will be a blow for him. He was supposedly flying off to the States this evening to represent them so I don’t think that will happen or whether he flies there to get assessed. I’m not too sure but I don’t think he’ll play any part. He’s done his ankle ligaments. We just need to keep an eye on that one.”

The Blues chief also revealed that Ferguson left the Riverside pitch with cramp.

Clark told bcfc.com: “Coming away from home, getting the clean sheet and what you call a proper striker’s goal to win it, it was a pleasing day.