STEVE Thompson has called on the Bloomfield Road crowd to help end a fortnight of unrest and get Pool’s play-off bandwagon back on track, saying: “We need you more than ever.”
The Seasiders assistant boss, who claims last week’s Peterborough display was a freak and won’t happen again, says the supporters have a huge role to play in determining whether the season will be a success.
Ian Holloway’s No.2 said: “Ever since I’ve been at the club the fans have been absolutely terrific and consistently give us an extra lift.
“We need them more than ever at the moment because we’ve had a little bit of a blip and some headlines that we didn’t want to see.
“But with their backing – and I’ve no doubt they will get behind us – we can get back on track and it could be another great end to the season.
“We’re an experienced team that knows how to do well during a run-in, and we proved two years ago what we are capable of towards the end of a season. We were third a couple of weeks ago and it only takes two or three wins in succession to move back into the thick of things.
“We just need to make sure we keep our belief, don’t go into our shells and keep playing the way we know we can at Blackpool.”
Thompson is as baffled as anyone about the poor performance last time out.
But he is convinced there will be no repeat when Brighton arrive on Saturday, followed by big-spending Leicester on Wednesday.
“The Peterborough game was a massive disappointment, no getting around that,” added Thompson.
“It wasn’t the Blackpool we know and I dread to think that another team is hungrier than we are, especially when we are fighting to get back to that place we all want to be
“But I am so proud of what our lads have achieved over the last few years and I will never doubt them.
“I think it was just a blip, a freak, and I am sure we won’t see another this season.
“I know that because I’ve seen the lads in training this week and there has been a reaction.
“They have been so sharp and hungry. Tuesday was one of the best training sessions I have seen.
“Our lads know it wasn’t good enough last weekend but they love bouncing back and proving people wrong, and that’s exactly what I expect them to do against Brighton.
“It is a massive game. Beat Brighton and we leapfrog them and hopefully get back in the top six, so what better incentive could there be?
“There have been very few occasions when these lads have given less than 100 per cent. It’s what they give us time and time again, and nothing written in any newspaper will change that.”
*THERE might be a few more youngsters in the crowd than normal against Brighton.
Ten tickets have been allocated to each team in the Blackpool and District Youth Football League. They will be given to players selected by each team manager to reward excellence, endeavour and sportsmanship.
Pool secretary Matt Williams said: “We’re always looking at ways that we can forge links with the local community and we thought this was a great opportunity to do just that.
“With this initiative we’re making sure a new generation of Blackpool fans can get to watch the team in action and add to a fantastic atmosphere on Saturday.”