Gilks: Let’s end TV hoodoo

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Matt Gilks thinks it’s time Blackpool ended their Sky TV curse.

The Seasiders face Huddersfield in front of the cameras this evening having failed to win in any of their four live games last season.

And Pool’s number one thinks it’s time that record was put right.

“The lads were discussing it the other day, the fact we haven’t won on Sky for so long,” he admitted.

“But it’s a new season, new manager and a new set of players.

“Hopefully we can get rid of the curse.

“We haven’t talked about it too seriously, we’ve just had a joke about it more than anything.

“We don’t really think there’s a problem, it just seems we struggle when we are on the TV.”

Blackpool are looking to get back to winning ways after a defeat at Millwall and a draw at home to Leicester last Saturday.

Mark Robins’ Huddersfield side have also enjoyed a decent start to their second season back in the Championship and sit in ninth position.

Gilks added: “They will be pleased with their start, as are we.

“It should be an entertaining game, they play a nice style of football.

“We know what we’ve got in our locker and our results speak for themselves.

“We’ve had a look at their set-up and what they do.

“We know what we are up against and hopefully we can impose our game plan on them.”

Blackpool’s start has seen them unexpectedly high in the table, with some talking about ambitions towards the top of the table.

Boss Paul Ince’s isn’t allowing anyone to get ahead of themselves and insists survival remains the club’s number one priority.

But Gilks says there’s a definite confidence around Bloomfield Road at the moment.

“We can’t go into games doubting ourselves,” he said.

“We are going into every game positive as our league position suggests.

“We know we are playing a good Huddersfield team, but they know they are facing a good Blackpool team.”

Huddersfield boast the league’s top scorer in striker James Vaughan, and Gilks knows Pool will have to be at their best to deal with his threat,

“I’ve played against Vaughan a few times and we know he’s a class act on his day,” he said.

“He’s the league’s highest scorer, but the way we set up with our centre halves, we can hopefully keep it tight at the back.”