Losing runs ruining Pool’s season

Blackpool's Colin Doyle
Blackpool's Colin Doyle
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Colin Doyle has called on Blackpool to bring to an end the losing runs which have blighted their season.

The Seasiders have lost all three games since Christmas and dropped back into the League One relegation zone. It follows runs of five and seven consecutive defeats earlier in the season.

Pool’s seven wins have also come in little bursts, something which is annoying keeper Doyle.

He said: “We have to try to be more consistent now. We need to stop these losing runs.

“It would be nice to win a few and lose just the odd one, instead of these winning and losing runs we’ve been on.”

Doyle has been back between the sticks for Pool’s last two games, having been out for eight weeks with an ankle injury picked up in the FA Cup defeat at Barnet.

And after watching his team-mates from the sidelines, the 30-year-old is delighted to be back.

Doyle said: “It’s good to be fit and it was nice to be back in the team, even though the results haven’t been what we wanted.

“It was disappointing coming to a new club and getting injured in the first game (at Colchester). Then I got a run in the team and thought I was doing well, then I did my ankle ligaments.

“It was frustrating and it’s probably the hardest bit of being a footballer. Hopefully that’s all behind me now.

“At first we thought I’d need an operation, which could have meant 12-14 weeks out.

“I managed to get that down to eight weeks with no op, so I was really pleased. I thought the worst at the start, so it’s good to be back.

“I didn’t like watching. I came to most of the games and it wasn’t nice to watch. I want to be out there playing football.”

While Pool’s fans are looking worriedly at the League One table, Doyle says he is not yet concerned.

Pool have averaged just a point a game from their 25 so far but the keeper is staying positive.

“It’s a tough league and that’s why you can never predict,” he said. “We obviously look at the table but not too much.

“We have a little look to see where we are, but we don’t stare at it all week because you’ll end up putting pressure on yourself.”