Emmerson Boyce says the reason for Blackpool’s improvement is simple – the defenders are finally doing their jobs.
The only goal the Seasiders have conceded in their last four games was a penalty in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Port Vale.
It’s a solid foundation from which Pool have picked up seven points out of nine in League One, including a valuable one from Saturday’s goalless draw at Coventry.
And while some may cite different reasons for Pool’s upturn in form, Boyce says it’s down to doing the basics.
“The defence are starting to do their job now,” explained the experienced full-back.
“Earlier in the season we weren’t really doing that and it’s something the manager really worked hard with us to improve.
“We are keeping clean sheets now and as a defender that’s what you pride yourself on.
“We are hard to beat now and I think we are going to get better and better.”
Boyce was the oldest player in Saturday’s squad by some distance at 36 – without him the average age of Pool’s starting 11 would have been 23.
And the former Wigan skipper feels this emphasis on youth played a part in Pool’s slow start to the season.
He explained: “We had a really difficult start with a young team. We always knew we had something as a group and hopefully we can move up the league now.
“Even when we were going through the bad run, I was confident we could move up the table.
“We weren’t getting the results but we were playing well in halves. Now we are managing to put that together for the full game.
“We will start to progress up the league now. This is a young squad and they are starting to get excited now.”
Pool had to stand strong at the Ricoh Arena against a lively Coventry team who could have gone top had they won.
But in the end it was Neil McDonald’s men who could have come out on top.
Boyce added: “We had to battle hard for the point but we could have nicked it at the end. I was happy with the point but I think it could have been three.
“Coventry will be in and around the top of the table come the end of the season. For us to come and get a point was a really good result for us.
“The belief is still there. We are on a bit of an unbeaten run now and we have to keep that going.
“We had to dig in during the first half against Coventry but in the second half we had a couple of good chances.
“I thought we played well, moved the ball around well and stuck to the game plan. We are all pleased.”
Coventry boss Tony Mowbray said: “Blackpool have started to build a bit of momentum and we knew they would play to make life difficult. The players gave all they had but it was not to be.”