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Birmingham's lacklustre 3-1 Championship defeat at Ipswich left boss Lee Clark very frustrated.

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Lee Clark: Downbeat but optimistic for future battles next season

Lee Clark: Downbeat but optimistic for future battles next season

The loss at Portman Road came on the back of two draws and two victories with only a last-minute consolation by Chris Burke preventing a crushing scoreline.

With the Blues stuck in 10th, seven points from the play-off spots, Clark said: "In English football it's all about playing with a high tempo, purpose and intensity.

"We were too flat to start with and that first-half performance is not what we're about. I'm three stone overweight and even I could have gone out and played at that tempo.

"I was really frustrated because we contributed to our own downfall by conceding such crazy goals. Carlos Edwards' strike was an unstoppable strike but we gave the ball away so cheaply.

"Then for the second it was a free header. Our decision-making in the first half was very poor. I thought those kind of mistakes had been banished to the past."

However, Clark remained hopeful for next season and added: "Our problems have been well-documented, but we've got a bright future because of our young players.

"They've been absolutely fantastic and the big shining light for me. They're young, hungry and want to play for the badge. That's what the club will be built on in the future."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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