As a player and coach, the Kilmarnock assistant manager has enough hard-bitten experience to realise the only cure to a poor run of form is the determination to keep working and waiting for the storm to break.
"Is it getting harder every week? No, it's not," said Clark. "It's hard all the time. We haven't won a game and believe me, we're well aware of that but we're working hard to change it. Some of it is our own fault, some of it is breaks going against us. We've got to stop giving away goals. We don't mind Samaras scoring brilliantly from 20 yards [for Celtic last week] but goals like the first one . . . we've got to stop that happening."
His side's response to going three down - they cut the deficit to one in a spirited half hour - showed enough to encourage the management team that their first win could be around the corner. "It's a big worry if you're getting hammered," Clark said. "If you're not creating or scoring goals. I don't think we've been like that. In a lot of games we've played some good football and created chances, so it's not all doom and gloom."
Kilmarnock travel to Tannadice this weekend, and with the off-field hostility - as fans continue to war with chairman Michael Johnston - boiling over the stands of Rugby Park, playing away might just relieve a bit of pressure on the team. Clark disagrees. "All that sideshow . . . I don't think it has any effect," he insisted. "There's no way we'll ever use that as an excuse. Our job is to prepare for the game on a Saturday and we do that professionally every week. We feel we're not far away."
Kilmarnock approach the game with injury woes; Barry Nicholson is a doubt with a knee injury, although David Silva is good to go following a substitute appearance last week. Mark Stewart, though, will be out for six weeks after breaking his jaw in three places in a training-ground collision. "He'll be eating through a straw for a few weeks," Clark said.