LEE CLARK says Town’s failure to best Carlisle United has added to the need for a fourth away League I win of the season at Brighton tomorrow.
Ben Marshall’s 83rd-minute equaliser cost seventh-placed Town two points at the Galpharm, where Anthony Pilkington’s header provided a 50th-minute home lead.
And Clark, who saw his side take their league goal tally to 50 before their 30th concession, admitted: “It was probably a fair result.
“We weren’t at our best at all, it was a disappointing performance. You get yourselves ahead then you get done by someone not staying with their runner, allowing the cross to come in.
“We could have won it, but we could also have lost it. You want to win all your home games, and while a point is better than none, it’s frustrating.
“We’ll have to go to Brighton and get a result now and my players have to be better. If you want to be a top player, you have to realise the opposition will try and stop you and be good enough to combat that.
“But I still believe in the players I’ve got, and when we start firing on all cylinders, it will happen. Three or four have been up and down, but I’m not going to name any names. We win together, we lose together – and we draw together.”
Clark is hoping Michael Collins will be available for Brighton after missing a second game because of an ankle injury.
Meanwhile Australian left-back Dean Heffernan is having treatment on the groin niggle which forced him off after 74 minutes against Carlisle.
Heffernan, along with defender Neal Trotman and striker Nathan Eccleston, made his home debut, and Clark added: “I thought Dean showed he has good energy and fitness levels.
“Nathan showed the awareness and speed he has.
“Neal wasn’t as dominant as he was at Yeovil, but that was the team in general.”
Brighton are fourth from bottom after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Orient.
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