Blackpool's Taylor plays down Dons 'six-pointer'

Andy Taylor
Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor has played down the significance of Blackpool’s trip to relegation battlers AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, insisting it is “just another game”.

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The Dons are in League One’s bottom four but just five points behind the 16th-placed Seasiders, meaning defeat for Gary Bowyer’s men could see them dragged into the relegation picture.

But Taylor played down any notion of the game being a “six-pointer”.

The 31-year-old told The Gazette: “It’s just another game really. They’re all big games with three points on the line. A lot gets made of fixtures like this but even if you win 8-0 you still only pick up three points.”

Taylor has missed Blackpool’s last four games with a hamstring injury picked up against Plymouth last month but could feature at Kingsmeadow, having returned to training this week.

He admits it has been a frustrating time but believes Pool have what it takes to climb the table.

“I returned to training on Monday, which was a boost, so I’m hoping to come into contention for this weekend’s game,” Taylor added.

“To be watching on from the sidelines has been frustrating but I suppose that’s the word of the season.

“Our performances continue to be okay but we’ve just not managed to get the results. But we will keep believing and building on what we’re doing.

“We will keep working and driving on, and I have every confidence things will turn around and we will get back up that table.”

The Seasiders received another injury boost at the start of the week with the return of Kyle Vassell to training.

Pool have badly missed their top scorer and fellow injured striker Mark Cullen.

Taylor said: “Obviously it will help having them back but we’re not dependent on just those two. We have other lads capable of putting the ball in the back of the net.

“We have a choice of strikers but it’s obviously a boost to have Vass back in training and Cully back running as well.”