NEAL Eardley is proud to be part of Blackpool’s renowned team spirit ... and he wasn’t going to allow the odd heckler to undermine it.
The defender got some stick during Tuesday’s win over Leeds at Bloomfield Road.
He was seen exchanging views with a couple of fans in the East Stand, when the Seasiders were a goal down.
The right-back explained: “I was just trying to make him believe. I believed we were going to get something from the game and I wanted him to do the same.
“I thought we were playing really well, so I tried to make him believe.
“I wasn’t really having a go at the fan – they are all entitled to their opinion.
“Sometimes some fans have to understand that it doesn’t matter if we are a goal down. It’s not going to change the way we play.
“If they aren’t happy, then they are entitled to have a pop. He and all the fans are entitled to their opinion.”
Eardley is starting his fourth season at Bloomfield Road since joining in a £200,000 deal from Oldham.
He was one of Ian Holloway’s first signings and has seen the transformation of the whole place, on and off the pitch.
But one thing has remained the same – the spirit in the camp.
He said: “We’ve always thought as a group of players that we have something special at this club.
“Lads who have been here on loan and left have always gone away with nothing but good things to say.
“I think a lot of it is down to the players and the team spirit we have.
“In the dressing room after the game on Tuesday the lads were buzzing, and that’s because we are getting the results.
“If we can continue that, we’ll only get stronger.”