Lee Clark has outlined “two great reasons” why today’s match at Cardiff is so important to Blackpool.
Pool play their final away game of the season at the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon and are desperate to avoid two unwanted records.
It’s the bottom club’s last chance to achieve an away victory this season, having lost 15 and drawn seven on the road in the Championship and lost both away cup-ties.
They also remain a point behind the Championship’s lowest ever points total of 26, set by Stockport in 2001.
And manager Clark will remind his players today of the need to avoid making history for all the wrong reasons.
The Pool boss said: “We want an away win today and that would stop us finishing with the lowest total.
“Those are two great reasons why we want to go there and get a result. It’s important people realise we have plenty to play for.”
And it isn’t only for themselves that Clark wants his players to perform in the Welsh capital.
Many supporters have turned their back on the club this season but a hardcore of travelling fans remains.
A few hundred are expected to make the trip to South Wales today, and it’s for those most loyal of fans that Clark wants a win.
He said: “Those who will make the trip to Cardiff are at the front of my mind.
“We have to get that win today for them. They are the people we have to do it for.
“They are travelling hundreds of miles and spending lots of money, and we want to give them something.
“It would be wrong for us to go a season without a win away from home,” added Clark, whose relegated team haven’t won anywhere in 16 games since January.
A low crowd is expected at the Cardiff City Stadium today.
Not only does the visit of Blackpool fail to capture the imagination of the locals, but the Bluebirds have also endured a desperately disappointing season of their own, having been expected to challenge at the top of the table.
Failure to win today would leave Cardiff with their worst home record in a Championship season and Clark is surprised their hosts are only 14th in the table.
He said: “Under the previous manager (Malky Mackay) they invested very heavily in players, so I think everyone in the division expected them to be there or thereabouts.
“It didn’t work out and they turned to Russell Slade, who really deserved his chance in the Championship.
“It would seem they have recently changed their recruitment policy a little.
“I think Russell will be similar to me and will want to build his own squad this summer.
“They are demanding fans at Cardiff City but rightly so – it’s a big club.”