Thompson: Away days are so critical

Ian Holloway and Steve Thompson
Ian Holloway and Steve Thompson
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Steve Thompson wants Blackpool to improve their away record by getting results in the next two games.

The Seasiders have been strong at home, racking up six victories and three draws in 11 games.

But they haven’t been as impressive on their travels, with two wins in 11 on the road – at Hull and Leeds.

It is a record Ian Holloway and his assistant Thompson would like to improve.

And with back-to-back trips to Barnsley and Birmingham coming up, now would be a good time to start.

“There are two tough away games but we are confident because we have been playing well, and we know as a team we will always create chances,” said Thompson.

“The Championship is a very tight league and we have to learn different ways to play and get results.

“We’ve learned that teams are now coming to Bloomfield and getting nine or 10 men behind the ball, and we have to break them down.

“Away from home it is different. Home teams have to be a little more adventurous and that should suit us really because we have the style of play and the individuals who can hurt them.

“Hopefully we can use that to our advantage and start getting a few away wins.

“Barnsley and Birmingham both bring different things to the table and we are really looking forward to them.”