Hero Aldred goes through pain barrier for Pool

Blackpool's Tom Aldred salutes the crowd as the game ends
Blackpool's Tom Aldred salutes the crowd as the game ends

Matchwinner Tom Aldred hailed Blackpool’s 1-0 win at Wigan as “massive” after he took one for the team at the other end.

The defender left the DW Stadium with a golf ball-sized lump on his head after his first-half goal lifted the Seasiders out of the League One relegation zone.

Blackpool's Tom Aldred celebrates scoring the winning goal

Blackpool's Tom Aldred celebrates scoring the winning goal

Aldred had to see a doctor after a heavy blow late in the game raised fears of concussion, but the 25-year-old didn’t care one bit.

The centre-half said: “I left with a huge lump on the back of my head. It’s all part of the job really. I just patch them up and go again.

“I’ve had all these bumps before. Fortunately I wasn’t concussed after the game.

“It’s one of those things which comes with the job of defending. You have to show no fear and I don’t really have any. I’ll always put myself on the line.”

The former Accrington Stanley man leapt to meet a David Ferguson corner on 36 minutes and score his first goal for the club.

And he was quick to point out what a one-off an Aldred winning goal is. “It’s very rare but it was great,” he joked.

“Wigan is a tough place to go, so to get the win there was great. It’s a big signal of intent for our team – it shows we want to be higher in the league.

“I managed to show a bit of movement in the box and wriggle away from my man.

“It was a very decent ball from David Ferguson. I managed to get my head on it and direct it towards goals.”

After a superb Blackpool display in the opening half, it was the defenders’ turn to impress after the break.

And Aldred hailed a tackle in the penalty area by his central defensive partner Clark Robertson, who denied Reece James with 20 minutes left.

“I remember I was on the floor and I thought ‘goal’ as the lad was one-on-one,” he explained.

“When I saw Robertson’s tackle I thought ‘wow’. It really was a match-saving tackle.

“I thought he was outstanding. I think there were some very big performances out there on Saturday. My mate Robertson next to me was outstanding I thought, Hayden White and Fergie (David Ferguson) next to me, along with Will (Aimson) in front.

“Everyone put a real shift in.

“We are getting used to our roles and responsibilities as a back four now.

“We’ve taken a bit of time to gel but everyone’s getting used to everyone now and I think it’s starting to show.”