CRAIG Cathcart is convinced Blackpool can collect three massive points against Chelsea on Monday despite the champions’ 2-1 win over his former club Manchester United last night.
The defender says it is vital for Pool to avoid slipping into the bottom three at any point if they are to survive, and victory over Chelsea at Bloomfield Road would be a huge step towards safety.
The Seasiders are four points above the drop zone with 10 games to play in a Premier League so tight that even 11th-placed Everton are in the relegation battle.
Pool’s confidence was knocked by Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Wolves but Cathcart has no doubt they can bounce back.
“Chelsea will come here expecting to beat us but we have shown this season that we can go toe to toe with the big teams and get good results,” he said.
“Yes, they have strikers like Torres, Drogba and Anelka, who are virtually impossible to stop if they’re in top form.
“But Chelsea have already lost seven games, which would have been unheard of over the last few seasons, so there is a chance for us to get a shock result.
“The main thing is to stay out of the bottom three because you don’t want to drop in there at any point during the season.
“It is amazing what one win can do – it could push us right up to 11th or 12th, so we know we will quickly climb up the table with wins under our belt.
“Any three out of eight or nine could still go down. We just need to pick our heads up and concentrate on trying to get more victories.”
Cathcart is spot on when he talks about the need to lift heads after a Molineux defeat which came out of the blue and bruised egos.
“It was one of our poorest performances of the season,” said the 22-year-old.
“Maybe it was a case of being so high after Tottenham and not having the same level of focus and concentration.
“But I think we went into the game with the same ideas we had against Tottenham – we thought we could win.
“But conceding so early was a bit of a killer for us. It knocked our plans to keep it tight for the first 20 minutes. Then after getting DJ Campbell sent off it was difficult to get a foot-hold in the game.
“The gaffer was disappointed. He thought we should have defended the first goal better and that was the catalyst for our bad performance really.”