Thommo: We needed that

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CARETAKER Blackpool boss Steve Thompson admits his side needed a win after a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Millwall.

On-loan Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso was the match-winner in stoppage time, after Thomas Ince had cancelled out James Henry’s opener, but Thompson refused to get carried away.

“Until I know anything different, me and my staff will prepare the players. Karl will make the right decision for the club, I’ve always said that,” said Thompson.

“Obviously he’s interviewing people, quite a few people, you never know it might get back to me. As staff and players I can’t ask for anymore than what they are giving us.

“You need to have a team atmosphere and big characters around the place. We needed that, and hopefully that can kick start our season, especially at Bloomfield Road.

“It’s nice to score late on in the game at Bloomfield for a change, but we’ve had to come from behind again.

“Why are we conceding? It’s something we’ve got to look at, especially the first goal every game.

“It takes a lot of character to keep coming back but it doesn’t show a lot of character to concede so it’s not a good stat that we want here.”

The match was preceded by a minute’s silence for broadcaster David Oates, a Blackpool fan who died last weekend, but Henry’s corner gave the Lions the lead on 32 minutes.

Ince though, fresh from his brace for the England Under-21s in midweek, slammed home his fourth goal in his past three npower Championship games before Delfouneso grabbed a dramatic late winner.

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett said: “I’m very frustrated and disappointed with both the goals defensively.

“Over a period of maybe 10 games we’ve given away too many goals with not enough clean sheets.

“We’ve given two goals away again. Every game we have not had zeros against us enough.

“You have to come through those periods of pressure and make sure you don’t concede and we didn’t do that well enough.

“I felt going forward we probably had more clear-cut chances than we have in a while without necessarily putting them away.

“It was tough from us to get a decision from the referee and the linesman throughout the game, but that’s how it is for us away from home.

“It hurts the players and myself as manager to have lost four games on the spin. Whatever the details of the game are, there’s a line there and that’s winning and losing.”