Gilks plays down match-winning role

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Modest Matt Gilks played down his match-winning penalty save, claiming he was merely doing his job.

The keeper stood strong to beat away Steve Morison’s spot-kick, just three minutes after Blackpool had taken a 14th-minute lead at home to Millwall.

Pool then held on for their first win since November but the 31-year-old wasn’t ready to take the glory.

Gilks said: “When facing penalties you go one way or another, and last night I managed to save it.

“It was important as it happened so quickly after us scoring, so I suppose it was a good time to save it. I’m just doing my bit for the team.

“Ricky come up with a great goal. He did his job at that end and I did mine at the other.”

With Yeovil and Barnsley both losing, Blackpool’s position towards the bottom of the table looks much brighter today. And Gilks is just delighted to finally get through a spell he described as close to rock-bottom.

The Scotland international said: “It’s been very tough. Being in my sixth season here, I probably speak in the changing rooms more than most.

“I said on Saturday it was low, probably the lowest I’ve ever known it.

“Results dictate people’s attitudes and we did hit a low. We had to pull together.

“We came in on Monday and really had to look each other in the eye. We had to perform against Millwall and thankfully we got the win.”

The win is Barry Ferguson’s first as a manager, and Gilks was delighted for him. “It’s been a long time coming for Barry, so I’m very pleased,” he said.

“We’ve played well in a lot of games and still lost, so the win should have come much earlier. “It wasn’t the greatest of games but it was all about the result.”