Danns: Blackpool have achieved nothing yet

Neil Danns
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Neil Danns says there was no time to celebrate after Blackpool clinched a play-off spot – as they haven’t achieved anything yet.

The Seasiders’ 3-1 win against Leyton Orient on Saturday meant they finished the season in seventh place.

They will now face Luton Town in the League Two play-offs, with the first leg at Bloomfield Road on Sunday before the return leg the following Thursday.

When asked if there was a sense of relief among the squad, Danns replied: “It’s not relief. If you’d seen the lads in the dressing room after the game, the feeling was that we haven’t achieved anything.

“There’s no point putting all the hard work in as we have done this season before going on to lose in the play-offs.

“We know there’s so much hard work left to put in and, like the gaffer keeps emphasising to us, we’ve got to keep pushing and striving to get better and better.

“It’s no different now we’re in the play-offs. There’s no let -up.”

Danns settled any lingering nerves on Saturday when he opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a well-taken header.

The game looked over and done with when Mark Cullen bagged Pool’s second before half-time but Orient fought back in the second half, with Jens Janse reducing the deficit.

But captain Andy Taylor restored the two-goal lead and Pool saw the game out with little fuss.

Danns added: “It was one of those games where we knew there was going to be a lot of pressure on us to get the result but thankfully we’ve managed to do it.

“On a different day I think the score could have been six or seven.

“We don’t like to do things easy but we’ve got across that line and now we can look forward to the play-offs.

“One thing we’ve done all season is give respect to every team we’ve faced and we did that to Leyton Orient.

“They had a young team out there and they probably got even more respect out of us because they put in a really good performance.

“There are some kids there who will go on to have a good career in the game, so they deserved that respect.

“Everyone knew the game wasn’t a formality but thankfully we didn’t get complacent and managed to win it pretty comfortably.”