Birmingham City boss Lee Clark admitted the pitch was a factor in his side failing to cause Blackpool more problems in the 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Tom Ince gave the hosts a 17th-minute lead at Bloomfield Road but Curtis Davies headed a leveller from Wade Elliott's corner early in the second half.

Blues, who had offered scant attacking threat before the interval, came close to claiming the points when Peter Lovenkrands powered a left-footed effort against the crossbar.

Clark, whose 19th-place side at least avoided a third consecutive defeat on their way into Friday's clash with Middlesbrough, said: "We didn't cause them enough problems, we didn't deal with the pitch.

"We didn't manage the pitch because the pitch was difficult for both teams. Blackpool did the right thing in the first half.

"Overall the attitude and application and defensive side of the game for the full game I was happy with.

"The attacking side was a big improvement in the second half. We had to cause them more problems because we hadn't caused them any problems in the first half.

"The state of the pitch is unfortunate for both teams because I think there's lots of good footballers on both teams."