Thommo: There’s no big-timers here

Blackpool's assistant manager Steve Thompson
Blackpool's assistant manager Steve Thompson
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Steve Thompson says the players are thriving on being “little old Blackpool” once again.

The Seasiders’ start has surprised many who tipped them for a difficult season.

After expectations under Ian Holloway rose so high, Pool’s assistant boss Thompson feels that playing the underdog suits Pool perfectly.

He said: “Ever since I’ve been here, everyone has talked about little old Blackpool. But little old Blackpool keep proving everyone wrong. We have some real quality in this squad now.”

At Bloomfield Road this season Pool have taken seven points off Reading, Watford and most recently Leicester, three clubs expected to challenge for promotion.

And Thompson says that shows the quality of the squad. “We keep playing against these teams people are tipping for the top and we hold our own.

“Hopefully we can keep proving everyone wrong.”

Thompson was Holloway’s no.2 when Pool won promotion to the Premier League in 2010, so he is well placed to evaluate the current crop.

And he says they compare favourably. “They are very similar squads,” he said.

“This squad has a never-say-die attitude. We have some lads who put their body on the line. We’ve also got match winners and some really big characters. There aren’t any egos and no big-timers.”

Blackpool have sold 500 tickets for tomorrow’s trip to Yorkshire. They will remain on sale at the ticket office until 1pm on match day.

Travelling supporters can pay cash on the turnstiles at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Tickets are priced at £21 (£12 over-60s, £8 under-16s and £5 under-8s.