All smiles in the Blackpool camp according to Arsenal loanee heading into final six games of the season

Dan Ballard says the mood in the Blackpool camp couldn't be any brighter heading into the final six games of the season.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 9:00 am

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The Seasiders extended their unbeaten run to 16 games on Saturday with a pivotal 1-0 win against promotion rivals Sunderland.

It leaves Neil Critchley's side in fifth place, three points ahead of seventh-placed Portsmouth with a game in hand to play.

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"It was a very tough game, especially in the second-half when we went 1-0 up," Ballard said.

"We had to do a lot of defending, but we were hard to break down, we felt quite comfortable though and we really enjoyed it.

"We know we can see out leads, so it was quite enjoyable.

"It's always a good challenge every week in this division, you always come up against different types of strikers.

Dan Ballard was in superb form for Blackpool against Sunderland on Saturday

"It was the same against Sunderland because Charlie Wyke is always good in the air and he's tough to play against, so it was a good learning experience.

"It was just being in the right moment at the right time for the clearance off the line. If I wasn't there, I'm sure someone else would have been.

"It's good to have that chemistry in the team because everyone knows what they're doing and everyone really wants to win.

"We probably didn't have our best game together, we probably played better in other games and not won, so it's about finding that balance.

"The main thing is the three points and we got it done, so we're all over the moon.

"You can see on the pitch that everyone sticks together and works extremely hard. Everyone has each other's back.

"It's a great environment to be around. Everyone enjoys coming in every day, so it's a brilliant place to be at the moment."

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