Blackpool players can’t dwell on the past

Blackpool's Jim McAlister
Blackpool's Jim McAlister
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Jim McAlister says Blackpool can’t afford to think about what could have been and should instead focus on finishing as high up the league table as possible.

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The Seasiders’ four straight wins have propelled them away from the relegation zone and up into the top half of the table.

The run has come too late for Pool in terms of a play-off challenge, but that isn’t something McAlister is overly concerned about.

He said: “The gaffer challenged us on Saturday, saying 2010 was the last time we won four games on the bounce. The boys that started the game answered that fantastically well.

“So now the challenge for us is to go and get five.

“Unfortunately for us, it looks like we’re going to be a couple of results short but we’re finishing the season so well.

“We had a little dip halfway during the season and I was even speaking to the boys about the two defeats over the Easter weekend, Doncaster and Oldham, and how they could be key.

“But we’re not going to worry about that, we’re just aiming to finish as high up the league as we can.”

McAlister’s comments come after he made his long-awaited return from injury during Blackpool’s 3-0 win at Gillingham on Saturday.

The 32-year-old came off the bench for a five-minute cameo, his first taste of league action in more than 14 months.

In that time, the midfielder has been recovering from the broken leg he suffered in the draw against Colchester United in February 2017.

McAlister initially returned back in January only to suffer another setback in training.