STEVE Thompson has warned that back-to-back wins don’t make Pool the finished article.
The Seasiders’ assistant boss is as pleased as anyone by the impressive victories over Millwall and Leeds – but he has been in football long enough to be on his guard ahead of Saturday’s tough trip to fourth-placed Middlesbrough.
Pool’s aim on Teesside will be to win three games on the trot for the first time since the Championship play-offs 18 months ago and Thompson said: “The last two matches have been great and I don’t think we’ve had successive games this season in which we’ve played so well.
“We’ve played in fits and starts in games. We’ve seen glimpses where it is coming, but I think it all came together against Leeds, in particular, and Millwall.
“But we can’t get carried away by that. All we’ve done so far is have two decent games, so we’re not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination.
“To kick on from here, we have to continue working hard, keep our heads down and play as we can.”
Thompson, though, admits it is a much happier and more relaxed camp than a fortnight ago, after the horrible 3-1 defeat at Burnley.
Ian Holloway’s No.2 added: “To play like that in a local derby was a big disappointment. It was a lacklustre performance to say the least and we needed to have a chat afterwards. A few home truths were spoken by staff and players. To get the reaction we did in the next two games was absolutely fantastic.
“Leeds we played off the park and then Millwall was a different kind of win.
“They came to Bloomfield Road with a very rigid and solid 4-4-2 – like so many teams do now – and we had to break them down.
“We could have scored a few more but to go into the international break on the back of two good results has given everyone a lift.
“The lads were back in for training yesterday and looked very sharp.”
Thompson says the Seasiders’ style of play has changed of late. The team is moving away from the flashy passing that characterised the Charlie Adam era. They are now playing a more simple game, better suited to the current squad.
“We can’t harp on about Charlie, Vaughan and DJ,” said Thompson. They were fantastic players for us and they brought something different to the table.