Gilks sets sights high for Pool

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MATT Gilks can’t see any reason why the Seasiders shouldn’t challenge for promotion back to the Premier League.

The keeper acknowledges it’s early days and there is still much improving to be done.

But ahead of tonight’s Championship clash with Derby, Gilks said: “Promotion is definitely a possibility, why not? There are a lot of good teams in this division and it is very difficult, but there is no reason why we can’t be up there competing, if not actually at the top.

“We are going to get better and stronger. We are working hard because we want to improve and get to where we want to be, which is winning games on a regular basis all season.

“We’ve got a few different faces but the back five is more or less the same, and that’s good because we all have an understanding. The other players have come in and are doing their jobs, so there is no reason why we can’t go on from here.

“We want to be a lot more assertive in games and possibly finish teams off quicker than we did against Peterborough. Hopefully it will click and we can turn teams over on a regular basis.”

Gilks, settled again after appearing set to leave when his contract expired, added: “This is the start we wanted. You want to win your first couple of games.

“We probably didn’t play as well against Peterborough as we did at Hull but it is six points out of six. The games come thick and fast, and hopefully another three points against Derby will set us up for a tough trip to Brighton.”