Blackpool must face survival battle like men, says keeper

Dean Lyness

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Dean Lyness has called on his Blackpool team-mates to man up and deal with their position in the League One drop zone.

The keeper has caught the eye since arriving on loan from Burton last month, producing a number of fine saves to halt Pool’s seven-game losing run with victory over Fleetwood last time out.

While many around Bloomfield Road have bemoaned bad luck when commenting on the club’s third-bottom placing, Lyness says it’s time to realise the position they are in.

The keeper admitted: “It’s never easy when you’re in the bottom four and I can’t stand here and say we don’t look at the league table – we do.

“It’s part of the game. We have to be man enough to deal with where we are in the league and take it on the chin.

“I can look at it differently as I’m only on loan, but from what I’ve seen this team is more than capable.”

Blackpool have lost three of the four games Lyness has played since stepping in for the injured Colin Doyle.

While that record isn’t great, the 24-year-old feels it could have been so different.

He explained: “In the four games I’ve played, particularly the Port Vale and Southend games, we have more than competed.

“We could easily have picked up nine points out of 12 since I arrived.”

Pool travel to Wigan tomorrow following a two-week break – they weren’t invoved in the FA Cup second round last weekend after falling at the first hurdle against Barnet last month.

It’s meant a long wait to follow up the win over Fleetwood at Bloomfield Road and Lyness is heading to the DW Stadium with just one aim.

“We are going to Wigan to try to win the game,” he said. “If we can’t get the win, then we have to look for a draw.

“It was disappointing not to have a game last weekend after the win over Fleetwood Town.

“We had a bit of momentum, which we wanted to build on, but we’ve been on the training ground and we have done the work we need to do.

“We will be more than ready to go tomorrow.”