Tony McMahon insists Blackpool’s season is far from a write-off and he’s backing his team to cause some shocks.
After the worst start in the club’s history, a much-improved Pool have lost just one of their last four Championship games and skipper McMahon is quick to point out there’s more to come.
The captain said: “From the outside it probably doesn’t look great here and people are having their say.
“But it’s not as bad as people are making out. We have a good team here, with good players, and hopefully we can do something.
“The teams we’ve played will have been surprised. We’ve been in every game.
“Yes, we’ve lost seven but they’ve all been close. Fine margins have cost us and the odd individual mistake.
“We could be a surprise package in this league. Why not? If people want to call us that now, that’s fine.”
Pool had no weekend fixture and the players return to training this morning after a four-day break.
They face a full week on the training ground ahead of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield and McMahon aims to build on the victory over Cardiff in their last outing 10 days ago.
He added: “We can’t rest just because we’ve got the first win. We need points on the board.
“The first win was the hardest, so hopefully we can go on a little run now and pick up some points. We know it will be tough but let’s go out there together and do this.
“I can’t wait but I’m just gutted there’s an international break and we’re having to wait for the next game.”
McMahon feels the club’s problems on and off the field this season have helped unite the dressing room.
“From day one we’ve done everything right,” he said. “The circumstances have not been great but we’ve stuck together. All the lads have been brilliant.
“We all know what’s been going on and we’re pleased for Jose Riga that we’ve got the win.
“On the inside, we’ve been together from day one.”