Aldred: Blackpool are a different club from last season

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Tom Aldred insists Blackpool is now a totally different club to the one which was relegated last season.

Tom Aldred insists Blackpool is now a totally different club to the one which was relegated last season.

The defender was thrown into the madness of a Championship relegation battle in January after joining from League Two club Accrington.

His first season in tangerine couldn’t really have gone much worse, ending in relegation amid supporter protests and the resignation of the manager who signed him, Lee Clark.

But the 25-year-old is adamant the club is in better shape now and it’s only a matter of time before results improve.

Aldred said: “I was there at the back end of last season and the situation is nothing like that now. Everything from the atmosphere in the dressing room, the coaching staff and on the pitch is completely different.

“It’s miles better now and I am proud to be part of the club.

“Results will improve – it’s only a matter of time.

“The signs are there and it’s just a case of seeing games through and killing teams off when we are on top. It’s about the finer details to get the points now.”

Having been left out for the opening games of the season, Aldred has impressed since his recall, with decent showings at Scunthorpe and Gillingham.

And now he hopes to show why Pool bought him in the first place.

He said: “I had to be patient at the start of this season. I am back playing at centre-back now and I’m looking forward to getting a run together.

“I think my last two games are my best in a Blackpool shirt.

“When I signed I think a few eyebrows were raised, and it’s nice to finally show that I can do it.”

Aldred played the whole of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at leaders Gillingham, a game many felt the Seasiders deserved something from.

Bolton-born Aldred agrees, adding: “We were devastated on Saturday. Gutted isn’t really the word.

“I’m not sure how we came away from Gillingham with nothing – after we scored there was only one team in it.

“The stats don’t lie and we’ve lost five games out of seven. But if there was ever a game to show we are making real improvements, it was Saturday’s.

“We went to the top team in the league and ended up disappointed not to take any points from the game.”