Survival top of Tom's Christmas list

Blackpool's Tom Aldred

Blackpool's Tom Aldred

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Tom Aldred has one wish this Christmas, for Blackpool to avoid the League One drop zone.

Last weekend’s win against Wigan saw the Seasiders leap out of the bottom four after Aldred’s header earned them their second win on the bounce.

With four games over Christmas and New Year, Aldred is only too aware how crucial the next two weeks could be for the Seasiders.

“It’s massive to be out of the drop zone,” said the defender.

“With the busy Christmas period coming up we mentally want to be out of that bottom four.

“We feel we are in a false position but at the same time the league doesn’t lie.

“We need to get out of there and get some points on the board.”

Aldred is closing in on his first anniversary as a Blackpool player having witnessed one of the most bizarre twelve months in Bloomfield Road history.

After arriving in the January transfer window from Accrington Stanley he had to wait eight months for his first win in a Blackpool shirt.

But the 25-year-old feels the club is in a much better place at the moment, at least on the field.

He said: “When I came last season the thought process was that it would take a miracle to stay up.

“Now I want us to be looking up the league table.

“The spirit and attitude inside the dressing room is a million times better than last season. Spirit, effort and work rate can take you a long way.

“We have a lot of hungry lads here who want to kick on in their career and I think that’s important here.

“We have a lot of lads here who want to make a success of their careers.”

Aldred’s winner at the DW on Saturday was his first goal for Blackpool, although goalscoring isn’t something which comes naturally to the defender.

He’s found the net just five times in his last 100 appearances, but he’s delighted to finally get off the mark for Pool.

“My last goal was in the FA Cup for Accrington last season so it’s been a while,” he admitted.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do, break my duck for Blackpool, I’ve been unlucky a few times.

“I’m really enjoying things at the moment, I really enjoy defending

“A game and conditions like Saturday are right up my street.”

Blackpool will aim for their third win on the bounce as Peterborough visit Bloomfield Road on Saturday, and Aldred is only too aware of their qualities.

“Peterborough are going well and are a free-scoring side,” he said.

“But we are at home and we’ve done well at Bloomfield Road so we’ll be looking for a win.”