KEITH Southern believes this season will go down as a success even if Blackpool miss out on a return to the Premier League.
The midfielder thinks Pool are establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Championship, a team capable of challenging each year.
The club’s longest-serving player said: “The expectation levels have gone up this season and made it a touch harder, but we are in there fighting with a good opportunity. At the start of the season, would we have taken this position with six games to play? Absolutely.
“We are in the top six, so no matter how we finish the season I think it has been a success. I think we have established ourselves after last season.
“Don’t get me wrong, we would be disappointed not to make the play-offs – and we think we can do it – but we’d regroup and go again next season.”
Pool take on Watford and Barnsley over the Easter weekend, then face Nottingham Forest, Leeds, Burnley and Millwall.
Southern added: “It is still all to play for but we are not the only ones who will think we can finish in the top six.
“We can’t afford too many slip-ups and we have to make sure we win as many games as possible.
“Leeds have to come to our place, so do Burnley for what will be a terrific Lancashire derby, so there are some great matches to be played.
“We need to put points on the board quickly because we don’t want to leave it until the last week or so to establish a play-off place. So we’ll just keep going and try to get some more points on the board this weekend.”