Tom Aldred says Blackpool are ready to fight for their lives at Peterborough on Sunday in their bid to avoid relegation.
It’s do-or-die for the Seasiders, who must win and hope Fleetwood lose at home to League One’s bottom side Crewe.
Relegation would prompt an unwanted double for defender Aldred, who was part of Lee Clark’s squad which fell from the Championship 12 months ago.
Aldred, who jumped two divisions when he left Accrington in January last year, is determined not to see Pool a level below Stanley on Sunday.
He said: “We need to pull together as a team, and show fight and determination to never give up whatever the circumstances.
“We need to dig each other out, fight for each other and stand up and be counted, like we did against Fleetwood, Doncaster and Crewe.”
Blackpool will have one eye on events at Highbury, where anything other than a Fleetwood defeat will mean sudden death for the Seasiders.
While scores are expected to be relayed to the Pool bench throughout the game, the players won’t be taking much notice. Aldred said: “We can’t influence things elsewhere, so we must be in a position to take advantage of the opportunity if it comes.
“We’re well aware of what needs to happen and we’ll be doing all we can to try to stay in League One.”
It’s been a difficult season for Blackpool’s players, with off-field problems constantly overshadowing their progress at Bloomfield Road.
But Aldred knows they can’t complain about their place in the bottom four: they have won just five games out of 22 in 2016, picking up 21 points out of 66, and have failed to score in four games.
Aldred is convinced the players can put that behind them. “We’ve had challenges to overcome and accomplish all season – a first away win in some time, first back-to-back wins, clean sheet records.
“We’ve beaten Peterborough this season and picked up a clean sheet. We now need a similar result on Sunday.”