Matchwinner Tom Aldred hailed Blackpool’s 1-0 win at Wigan as “massive” after he took one for the team at the other end.
The defender left the DW Stadium with a golf ball-sized lump on his head after his first-half goal lifted the Seasiders out of the League One relegation zone.
Aldred had to see a doctor after a heavy blow late in the game raised fears of concussion, but the 25-year-old didn’t care one bit.
The centre-half said: “I left with a huge lump on the back of my head. It’s all part of the job really. I just patch them up and go again.
“I’ve had all these bumps before. Fortunately I wasn’t concussed after the game.
“It’s one of those things which comes with the job of defending. You have to show no fear and I don’t really have any. I’ll always put myself on the line.”
The former Accrington Stanley man leapt to meet a David Ferguson corner on 36 minutes and score his first goal for the club.
And he was quick to point out what a one-off an Aldred winning goal is. “It’s very rare but it was great,” he joked.
“Wigan is a tough place to go, so to get the win there was great. It’s a big signal of intent for our team – it shows we want to be higher in the league.
“I managed to show a bit of movement in the box and wriggle away from my man.
“It was a very decent ball from David Ferguson. I managed to get my head on it and direct it towards goals.”
After a superb Blackpool display in the opening half, it was the defenders’ turn to impress after the break.
And Aldred hailed a tackle in the penalty area by his central defensive partner Clark Robertson, who denied Reece James with 20 minutes left.
“I remember I was on the floor and I thought ‘goal’ as the lad was one-on-one,” he explained.
“When I saw Robertson’s tackle I thought ‘wow’. It really was a match-saving tackle.
“I thought he was outstanding. I think there were some very big performances out there on Saturday. My mate Robertson next to me was outstanding I thought, Hayden White and Fergie (David Ferguson) next to me, along with Will (Aimson) in front.
“Everyone put a real shift in.
“We are getting used to our roles and responsibilities as a back four now.
“We’ve taken a bit of time to gel but everyone’s getting used to everyone now and I think it’s starting to show.”