Aldred: It’s time Blackpool turned the corner

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Tom Aldred wants Blackpool to forget their poor start to the season and build on last Saturday’s win against Fleetwood.

The Seasiders have a weekend off because they are not involved in the FA Cup second round after being knocked out at Barnet last month.

It means an extended break for Neil McDonald’s men, who will play their first game in a fortnight at Wigan Athletic a week tomorrow.

Pool ended a run of seven defeats on the bounce against Fleetwood to climb off the bottom of League One, and defender Aldred hopes that win will be a turning point in their season.

“Hopefully the win proves to be a catalyst for more,” the centre-half said. “We need to push on again now and get back up the table.”

The 25-year-old has become a key player for McDonald’s struggling side, with his fully committed displays.

The former Accrington man is beginning to show his worth in the side after a difficult introduction last season, and he is pleased at the way his game is developing.

Aldred said: “I’m quite vocal, and I’m starting to be on and off the pitch.

“It’s been mentally tough, given where we’ve been in the Championship and now, but you have to be strong and I do believe this team can be successful.

“I’m prepared to put my body on the line for the team and hopefully doing that helps us to get results. It’s part of my nature because I just love defending.

“We’ve been having to do a lot of that but bring it on. Throw it at me and I’ll deal with it.”

Aldred is a survivor from the squad which was relegated last season, having joined Pool from League Two Stanley in January.

The defender experienced one of the worst spells in the Seasiders’ history, something he feels the club is still suffering a hangover from.

But Aldred believes big improvements have been made in his time at Bloomfield Road.

He added: “The staff, the professionalism, the players ... everything is a million times better this season.

“It’s easy for people to think that it’s the same club but we don’t look at it like that.

“We’ve got to be strong and search inside the dressing room to bring back some success.”