Gilks reveals team meeting turned fortunes

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MATT Gilks has revealed that a team meeting at the training ground led to the Seasiders’ resurgence.

After back-to-back defeats against Nottingham Forest and Burnley, and with spirits low, the Seasiders keeper says boss Ian Holloway spoke to the squad.

It helped lift the mood and was followed by successive wins for the first time since the opening week of the campaign – six points which have lifted Pool to fifth in the Championship.

Gilks, who hailed the impact of the recalled Ludo Sylvestre, said: “It has been a really good response from the players in the last week.

“We spoke about things in-house because after Burnley we were all very low. Everybody was down at how we were playing – it just wasn’t us. It affected everyone, all the players and even the gaffer and Steve Thompson.We weren’t playing as we wanted.

“But we had a talk about it. We got our heads down and got on with it, and that has been kicked into touch now.

“We’ve since put in two very good performances which we can be really proud of.

“We are getting back to how we should play and we are now looking forward to games again.”

Gilks, 29, is on international duty ahead of Scotland’s friendly in Cyprus on Friday and added: “The buzz has returned in the last couple of games. It is like the proper Blackpool is back.

“We had 76 per cent of the possession at Leeds. I don’t think anyone will do that again this season, even next season. The way we have passed the ball in the last couple of games has been great.

“We aren’t a long-ball team any more. The gaffer wants us to play football but we can mix it up and change.

“We can get the diagonals and the long ball going if need be, but we want to play on the floor and pass it about.

“I think it helps having Ludo Sylvestre in. He has been outstanding the last couple of games and it gives Barry Ferguson someone to play with as well.”