David Norris believes Blackpool have “every chance” in a league which has done little to impress him.
The Seasiders travel to Bradford tonight looking to recover from Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Bury, which ended their six-game unbeaten run.
Having battled out of the League One relegation zone after their shocking start, Pool are now just one point above the bottom four but midfielder Norris is confident they can soon start looking up.
Exactly two months after joining the club, the veteran said: “I’ve not seen any team in this league I’ve thought are much better than us.
“In my opinion we’ve had a chance or been close in all our games so far, even the ones we’ve lost.
“I’ve not thought ‘they are brilliant’ about anyone we’ve faced, so we have a chance in every game. We just need to find some consistency now. If we can do that, this squad has every chance.”
Neil McDonald’s men have an instant chance to get back on track tonight after conceding four goals in a bizarre 32-minute first-half spell at Gigg Lane.
They face a Bradford side in decent form of their own – unbeaten in five games.
Norris feels Pool have more than enough to win the game but admits the pressure is on again.
He explained: “Until we win enough games to get ourselves up the table, then the pressure will be on and it is again tonight. I think we’ve handled the pressure well in the last seven games, otherwise we’d have been cut adrift.
“But we can’t go on a losing run and we need to keep giving ourselves a chance.
“Bradford are a big, strong team and decent from set-pieces. We’ll have to be right at it.”
Norris played 90 minutes against the Shakers, and despite the defeat he feels it’s a game Pool’s young squad can learn from.
“We have to take the positives out of the Bury game and take those into the Bradford game,” he said.
“It was a good lesson for us, albeit a harsh one. Hopefully it won’t happen again.
“It was a very, very strange game. It felt like every time Bury had a corner or a free-kick they scored.
“Apart from that I don’t think we were threatened. It was a crazy game.
“At times I think we played some of our best stuff of the season. In the open I thought we outbattled them, were better going forward and had more chances.
“Strangely, I don’t think we actually did too much wrong ... just the goals.”