LEE CLARK will refuse to abandon his attacking principles as he works to improve Town’s fortunes on the road.
The manager blamed defensive errors for Saturday’s 2-1 setback at new League I leaders Charlton Athletic – his side’s fifth successive away defeat.
Town, who created a host of chances in a highly entertaining clash watched by 16,991 in South London, remain firmly in contention in eighth place.
But Clark pointed out: “Although we deserved to get at least a point, if not more, I’m certainly not happy to come here, play well and lose. I want points not plaudits.
“We have to do better in terms of picking up away results because statistics show that even if you win all your home games, it’s not enough to make the top six.
“But that won’t be at the expense of trying to entertain supporters. I could have come here and stuck 10 men behind the ball, but it would have the bored the pants off everyone.
“I was lucky to play in some fantastic sides with some fantastic managers and I enjoyed playing that way. I’m not going to turn into Mr Negative now I’m a manager.
“We’ve already won a lot of games convincingly this season by playing exciting football, and I want to keep on doing that.
“There have been times when, against my better judgement, I’ve tried to change the system and play a bit more defensively, and it hasn’t had the desired effect.
“I believe I’ve got a group of players who can match any side in this division, and if we continue to play the way we have been, we’ll win more than we lose.”Related content
Town lost out to Izale McLeod 49th-minte header after Anthony Pilkington had wiped out Sam Sodje’s eight-minute opener direct from a 39th-minute free-kick.
“We were done by two set-pieces, and dealing with them is a vital part of the game,” said Clark.
“When you don’t defend them properly, you get punished, and while we played every so well, we left without any points.
“We made errors for both goals, but I feel for the players because overall they went about their jobs well and deserved more from the game.”