LEE CLARK hailed the grit and resolve which brought a point at Brighton and said: “Now we have to marry that with the kind of attacking we know we can produce.”
Last night’s goalless draw at a chilly Withdean Stadium was Town’s third stalemate in four League I outings.
But Clark’s men are unbeaten in six and the boss added: “That’s two clean sheets on the spin and four points from six away from home, which is encouraging.
“The game was a bit scrappy, and we came under some pressure, but we also had chances to win it, and Anthony Pilkington came close with a terrific free-kick against the bar late on.
“We’re not firing on all cylinders at the moment, but we are showing the grit and determination I asked for, and we can build on that.”
Clark made four changes, and surprised fans by bringing in Robbie Simpson at the expense of 17-goal top scorer Jordan Rhodes.
“We tried a new formula (with Simpson central and Pilkington and Nathan Eccleston out wide), but we didn’t really get Robbie enough service,” said Clark.
“I felt that in the second half, Brighton were getting too much of a foothold in the game, so we brought Jordan and Lee Novak on (for Simpson and Eccleston) and reverted to a more usual shape.”
On Rhodes, Clark explained: “I just felt he’s looked a little jaded of late. He’s still a young lad and he’s up at the business end of the pitch, taking whacks and going back for more.
“I wanted to freshen the side up and freshen Jordan up too.”
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