TOWN boss Lee Clark is demanding an instant positive reaction from his players after their 3-0 defeat against Brentford.
Clark’s side can make amends tomorrow night by bolstering their play-off push at home to Walsall (7.45), and the manager has left his side in no doubt that a repeat performance of that produced in the Griffin Park defeat will not be acceptable.
“We have got to turn this around tomorrow night without a doubt,” said Clark.
“We were very disappointed with what happened at Brentford, but we went back to work yesterday morning and we now need to produce a strong performance and a positive result tomorrow.”
Clark could well be bolstered by the return to action of four players.
Clark feels winger Anthony Pilkington and right back Lee Peltier could both be fit enough to play after missing the game in West London, while striker Lee Novak is approaching a return after a long term knee injury and midfielder Antony Kay has completed a two-match ban.
Pilkington, who injured an ankle in last week’s 2-0 home win over Oldham, was not deemed fit enough to play at Griffin Park, while Peltier was pulled out of the side at the last minute after he, too, suffered an ankle problem during the warm-up – Tom Clarke being his replacement in the starting line up while young Jack Hunt took a seat on the bench.
“Lee just aggravated an injury he has had for a while and essentially he was not up to playing,” explained Clark.
“Anthony had an ankle problem, too, but they should be ready for tomorrow. It is going to be tight but it might not to be too soon for either of them to face Walsall.”