Colin Daniel says the Blackpool squad cannot afford to take Newport County’s lowly league position for granted as they look get back to winning ways.
Despite a recent revival under new manager Graham Westley, Newport come into this afternoon’s game sat bottom of the League Two after their three-game winning run came to an end during the 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday.
But Blackpool winger Daniel says the Seasiders will have to treat Newport with the respect they deserve.
“We seem to do well at home,” he said.
“I think Newport have had a few good results but I think we can get the three points.
“Their manager has done well wherever he has been and his teams have always been strong.
“It will be a tough game and we’re not taking anything for granted.
“Although they’re bottom of the league, the league is very tight at the minute so it will be a tough game.
“We’ve got to put everything into it to get the three points.”
Daniel (pictured) has enjoyed a run of six consecutive starts in the league, which has coincided with the Seasiders climbing into the top half of the table.
And the 28-year-old, who joined from Port Vale during the summer after signing a one-year deal, says Blackpool have plenty to be optimistic about.
He added: “We’ve seen the majority of teams now and I see no reason why we shouldn’t be pushing for the play-offs.
“We were fairly inconsistent at the start of the season but more recently we’ve been on quite a good run.
“We’re starting to learn and gel as a team and we’re now starting to see the benefits of that.”
Daniel had a disappointing return to Field Mill on Tuesday, a ground where the winger made 78 appearances over two separate spells, as a 92nd minute goal from Stags substitute Danny Rose ended Pool’s six-match unbeaten run.
The midfielder admitted the Pool squad was frustrated at squandering what would have been a useful point but he says they can channel that frustration to embark on another good run.
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Daniel added: “Everyone was disappointed. We thought we matched them in every department and we would have been happy to come away with a point.
“It’s a tough place to go but we can still take away a lot of positives from the game.
“We were disappointed with the way we lost at Accrington as well so there are certainly some parallels.
“In every game we’ve played I think we’ve done well and have been the better team, but we’ve just been a bit disappointed not to get the results.”