Baggies just a blip, says Pool defender

Blackpool defender Ian Evatt

Blackpool defender Ian Evatt

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IAN Evatt will take any criticism about Blackpool’s defending at West Brom on the chin ... but he has no doubts they will bounce back.

Individual mistakes led to defeat at The Hawthorns, and with sixth-placed Sunderland bringing the likes of Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, the Seasiders’ back line will need to up its game.

Evatt says they will. “It is fair to say it wasn’t our best defensive performance of the season at West Brom, but if you look at how we have been doing over the season it was a bit of a one-off,” he said.

“I think as a team we got a bit over-confident. The first 20 minutes we were finding things so easy. We were 1-0 up and it could have been two or three. All of a sudden we took our foot off the gas and that is unlike us.

“No excuses, it was an off day, not just for the back four but for everybody really.”

If the Seasiders can repeat the performance they delivered in the last home game against Liverpool, they have a fine chance of getting the right result.

Evatt says the crowd has a part to play. “That was undoubtedly the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at Bloomfield Road,” said the 29-year-old.