Lee Clark: Blackpool manager says pressure has gone
Blackpool manager Lee Clark has said that there is no pressure on his players with relegation from the Championship now a near certainty.
The Tangerines are 17 points from safety at the bottom of the table, with just seven games remaining.
Despite their position, Clark feels his side have performed well recently.
"It's the fact that it [relegation] is just about confirmed and a little bit of tension and pressure has come away from them," Clark said.
"The players in the last few days on the training ground have looked a little bit more at ease."
Blackpool ended a run of six straight defeats with a 1-1 draw against Leeds on Saturday - a game Clark feels they should have won.
"We could be sitting here with three points today and at least a point from Tuesday, but we've only got one," he said.
|Blackpool's miserable season|
|The club began the season with just eight players.|
|They have won four Championship games this season, conceding 78 goals.|
|Blackpool need five more points to avoid finishing the season with the lowest-ever tally in a 46-game second-tier season.|
Off the pitch it has been a season of constant upheaval at Bloomfield Road, with hundreds of fans boycotting the game on Saturday at protest against the club's owners, the Oyston family.
Chairman Karl Oyston has since been charged by the FA in relation to exchanges of text messages with a fan.
But Clark is keen to end a disastrous season with some on-field improvement ahead of a season in League One.
"From one to 11 you could argue that recently they've had their best games individually and collectively," said Clark.
"I'm just frustrated for the supporters and players that we didn't pick up the win."