Aldred at great pains to keep Pool winning

Blackpool's Tom Aldred in action on Saturday
Blackpool's Tom Aldred in action on Saturday
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Tom Aldred continued his painful habit of blocking shots with his face and other parts of his body – but the defender was rewarded by being named man of the match in the 1-0 win over Swindon.

His wholehearted displays have seen the 25-year-old defender compared to former Scotland skipper Colin Hendry by Blackpool boss Neil McDonald.

And after Pool kept their second clean sheet in a week to beat the Robins on Saturday, Aldred is more than happy to carry on taking one for the team.

“Blocking shots is something I like to do,” he said. “I must be decent at it because the ball keeps hitting me and I’m prepared to do it for the lads.”

Aldred returned to the starting line-up in place of the injured Lloyd Jones and was outstanding at the heart of Pool’s back four.

But he deflected personal praise, instead crediting his team-mates. “It was the best defensive display I’ve been involved in at the club,” he insisted.

“Late on in the game that element of doubt creeps in, but after back-to-back wins the place is bouncing and we’re looking forward to our next game already.”

Saturday’s win moved Blackpool above neighbours Fleetwood, just one point from climbing out of the relegation zone.

Those back-to-back wins were against sides – Chesterfield were the other – who contested the League One play-offs last season and Aldred added: “We know we can compete with anyone in this league.

“Saturday was a great, morale-boosting win for the lads.

“It’s been a slow start but now we’ve backed up the win from midweek.

“It’s important now we kick on and look above us, rather than below us.”