LEE CLARK has backed Lee Peltier and the rest of his Town players – but hasn’t ruled out making changes for tomorrow’s crunch clash at Colchester United.
The Galpharm manager takes his team to Essex aiming for a first win in five League I matches and with recent performances under the microscope.
Peltier was picked out after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Walsall for an error during the move which led to the home side’s penalty equaliser.
But Clark, who signed the 22-year-old right-back from Yeovil Town during the close-season, is backing the right-back – and the rest of his teammates – to respond positively at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
“Lee didn’t deal with a ball down his flank, and it was an error which ended up proving costly, but he wasn’t the only player to make a mistake,” said Clark.
“Up to that point, his defending and that of the team had been strong.
“We’ll aim to keep that up for the full 90 minutes at Colchester while causing them problems at the other end, and we know we have the quality to do that.
“We’ve been taking a few wrong decisions of late, and as I’ve said, with a youngish team, that can happen.
“But we’re working on eradicating the mistakes, and we’re still sixth in the table with an excellent chance of consolidating our position or even moving up by the end of play tomorrow.”
Colchester, two places and three points better off than Town, have yet to lose under the managership of Aidy Boothroyd, the former Town full-back who will be in the dug-out for the sixth time tomorrow.
They became the first team to beat Charlton Athletic in the league on Tuesday, but Clark insists: “I respect Aidy’s achievements and we’ve checked them out thoroughly, but I’m more concerned about what we do.
“We have to go there, take control and dictate the tempo of the match.
“I’m confident the players I select will be able to go out and do that.”