We allowed Bolton Wanderers to gain confidence in game - Lee Clark
BIRMINGHAM boss Lee Clark refused to single out defender Dan Burn or keeper Darren Randolph for criticism after their mistakes against Wanderers led to his side’s downfall at St Andrew’s.
Burn allowed Jermaine Beckford to give him the slip after 12 minutes for the opening goal while Republic of Ireland international Randolph’s handling error gifted a second goal to Neil Danns.
“They were just individual errors from two lads who have been brilliant for us all season,” said Clark. “They’re human beings and we all make mistakes.
“Unfortunately for the two lads, theirs have cost us goals.
“They’ve been really, really good for us this year so there is no finger-pointing at them.”
“Our general first-half performance, in terms of us not being the driving force we’d been in our previous three home games, was for me the catalyst for the result,” he added.
“There is no good way to lose the game. We didn’t make Bogdan work enough in terms of efforts on goal.
“We didn’t play with the same drive and pressing game that we had done in previous home games and then you leave yourself open to being hit (on the break).
“What we allowed Bolton to do, because they are very good and experienced players, we allowed them to get their confidence levels back up.
“It doesn’t matter what type of player you are, if you have a little bit of an indifferent start to the season, you do lose confidence. We needed to make sure their fragile confidence was being affected and we didn’t; we allowed them to grow into the game and their confidence levels came back. You saw their players coming back to the level of performance that I think Dougie Freedman will be pleased with.”
The Blues boss was a little more forthright when asked whether referee David Coote should have awarded a late penalty to his side after Liam Feeney appeared to charge down Callum Reilly’s shot with his hands.
“There are no ifs and buts,” he said. “In all honesty this season that must be five we’ve been on the end of, or given against us.
On a Monday morning the boss of the referees keeps telling me it either shouldn’t have been a penalty given against us or should have been a penalty given for us. But what good is it on a Monday morning? It’s about his lads getting their major decisions right.”
“I’m not going to talk about it,” he added. “Ultimately if I say something wrong it’s going to cost us a few quid. It’s my wedding anniversary on Thursday and my Mum’s 70th birthday on Friday so I need to keep a few quid in my pocket.”