Assistant boss hails massive Pool win

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Malky Thomson claimed Blackpool’s 2-0 victory at Wigan was down to the positivity in the Seasiders camp.

The Bloomfield Road assistant boss faced the media after the game and was purring after goals from Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie went a long way towards securing their Championship status for another season.

“It was a massive win for us,” Thomson said.

“But over the last few weeks the group has got stronger and stronger, the belief has got stronger and stronger, and we went about the job properly.

“We’ve spoken a lot about positivity and being positive, and it is easy for your shoulders to go down in this situation.

“But it’s something we’ve worked on, our behaviour about the place, building up to games.

“The group has worked incredibly hard to get where they are right now, and we’ve never looked negatively at it.

“We came here with a firm belief we’d win the game, and that’s exactly what we did.”

Blackpool dodged a bullet on the half hour when Martyn Waghorn’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Matt Gilks.

And two goals in the space of 11 minutes after the break secured the Seasiders a league double over their north-west neighbours.

“Big Gillers has made the save - that’s what he’s paid to do - and that gave us a big boost,” Thomson added.

“We went on to gain control of the game in the second, we totally dominated, and scored two good goals.

“We knew in the second half we would have more energy than them, based on the training that Barry has been doing with them.

“There is high energy within the team and we knew we’d get more of the ball after the break and create opportunities for ourselves.”

Thomson also recognised the contribution of the 3,500 away supporters - 3,000 of whom had taken advantage of free tickets provided by the club to ensure a boisterous backing.

“The supporters were fantastic for us,” Thomson enthused. “To look up and see that tangerine army in the stand, it was great.

“Credit to them, they played their part in our win. They definitely helped us to win the game.”