Blackpool wins matter most for Matt

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Striker Jamille Matt is more than happy for Blackpool to play poorly as long as they pick up vital wins.

The Seasiders were far from their best in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brackley Town but secured their passage to the third round of the FA Cup, in which Barnsley visit Bloomfield Road in the New Year.

Matt’s early goal proved to be the difference as the Seasiders saw off National League North opposition for the second round running to earn a crack at the Championship Tykes.

The frontman said: “It wasn’t the best performance from ourselves but credit to Brackley. They played well albeit we didn’t play to our best standard. But we’re through to the next round.

“I can’t put a finger on it but sometimes you don’t play to your best, but the important thing is to get the result. If we do that throughout the season, then I’m sure we’ll be happy.”

Matt’s winner, his fourth goal in six games, came in the sixth minute at Bloomfield Road.

It followed a swift move, with Brad Potts and Kelvin Mellor combining well down the right. Potts’ shot inadvertently found Matt, who headed into an empty net.

He added: “I was in the right place at the right time to get the goal. It was some good play by Pottsy and Kelvin on the right side. I just kept alive, hoping it would come to me and thankfully it did.

“When the ball is in the box I’m always alive, hoping to get on the end of something.”

However, Blackpool struggled to build on their lead and came under pressure from a spirited Brackley side.

Matt was impressed with the visitors’ performance but praised the Blackpool backline for standing up to the pressure.

“Brackley played quite well,” he said. “They played off the cuff, so it was quite difficult to stop their game- plan.

“But we defended quite well and Sam (keeper Slocombe) and the back four, as well as the rest of the team, did well. It was good to get a clean sheet.”

Blackpool were last night handed a home tie for the third round running in the FA Cup.

Barnsley sit 12th in the Championship and last visited Bloomfield Road in September of last year, drawing 1-1 in League One. The 32 third-round ties will be played from January 6-9.

Town are in cup action tonight away to Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy (7pm).