Thommo hails cool head after madness

Stephen Dobbie in action against Leicester on Saturday

Stephen Dobbie in action against Leicester on Saturday

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Steve Thompson says a “mad five minutes” almost cost the Seasiders on Saturday.

Chris Basham gave Pool a half-time lead against Leicester only for two goals in as many minutes by Paul Konchesky and Andy King to turn the game on its head.

Pool’s assistant manager said: “It was a very tough game and we had a mad five minutes. We had a rash challenge and then they scored with a wonderful strike.

“The week we’ve had hasn’t been ideal (long trips to Bournemouth and Millwall) and we had a few tired legs out there. That probably showed with their spells of possession near the end, but it was a very good point for us. Leicester will be up there come the end of the season.”

Thompson was again sent for the post-match press duties, with manager Paul Ince and Alex Rae preferring not to speak with FA charges hanging over them.

Tom Ince kept a cool head to fire home a penalty in the 90th minute and Thompson was full of praise for the club’s star man.

He said: “Thomas is a fantastic asset for us.

People forget he’s still a young lad who is learning and growing all the time.

“He showed a lot of courage to step up and score that penalty in the last minute. He’s a really big player for us.”

Pool’s preparations were rocked in the warm-up, when Neal Bishop was hit by a sickness bug and had to be replaced by Stephen Dobbie.

Thompson explained: “One or two players have the bug which is going around. Bish came in before the game and said he wasn’t feeling too good.

“There were a couple of other players who weren’t 100 per cent. Every credit to the lads to come through this with a point.

“We showed such great character again.

“People need to remember we’ve had the best start ever at this club, so it’s a good point for us.”