Andy Keogh says the feelgood factor is back at Blackpool this week but he wishes it hadn’t taken so long.
The striker headed home the opener at Wigan on Saturday, then did brilliantly to set up Stephen Dobbie to seal the 2-0 win which lifted Pool out of the relegation zone with just one match to play.
And he is delighted the club’s fate is now in their own hands as they prepare to welcome Charlton to Bloomfield Road on Saturday lunchtime.
On-loan Keogh, whose heroics helped Pool overtake his parent club Millwall in the relegation scrap, said: “That was a great win at Wigan – it moved us up the table and we deserved it.
“Other results went our way at the weekend, so we’re in a really positive position and the best thing is it’s in our hands.
“I just wish we’d put in performances like our last two five games ago. If we had we’d be home and dry now.”
Keogh’s header on the hour at Wigan came at a vital time for the Seasiders and the Irishman said: “It was a good cross (by Isaiah Osbourne) and I’ve missed some of them recently, so it was nice to see it go in.
“I watched the cross all the way and got a good connection on it.
“It was nice for us to get the second goal too and look comfortable for the rest of the game. For the second I got in behind and Dobbs finished it well.
“We had to grind them down and work hard to earn the right to do that. There were a few times in the first half when I made the run and the ball just didn’t get there.
“But it’s not just about the attacking players – the penalty save from Matt Gilks was great. If it wasn’t for that it could have been a whole different story.”
The 27-year-old was one of Barry Ferguson’s first signings after replacing Paul Ince in January and Keogh has made 12 Pool appearances.
He’s recently been asked to play as a lone striker, with Dobbie just behind him, and Keogh admitted: “It’s a hard role but it allows us to stay compact.
“On Saturday our midfield was winning the ball back and playing the right pass.
“Hopefully we’ll do that again on Saturday.”