IAN Evatt has called on Pool fans to bring back the “party” spirit that helped the club win promotion to the Premier League, starting at home to Coventry tonight.
The popular defender claims the atmosphere has changed at Bloomfield Road this season but hopes the supporters can roar the team to another memorable season.
Evatt said: “It’s been strange this season with the supporters. I was in the crowd against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and there was a funny atmosphere.
“In recent years, fans have been singing for 90 minutes, but they seem a bit down in the dumps and expect us to be winning 2 or 3-0. It’s not a bad thing that the fans want and expect us to do well, but it would be nice if we could have the old Blackpool fans coming to the party and spurring us on to three points.
“Maybe some of the new fans we’ve attracted with our success haven’t seen the dark days, but we need the fans from minute one to help us perform and hopefully they’ll do that tonight.”
Ian Holloway is expected to make as many as eight changes for tonight’s 8pm kick-off, with Barry Ferguson, Stephen Crainey, Lomana LuaLua, Alex Baptiste and Evatt all set to be recalled.
Evatt thinks the FA Cup draw with the Owls showed the strength of the squad. He added: “If you’d asked me four or five years ago if we could make eight changes and still expect to beat Sheffield Wednesday I’d have laughed at you.”