James Husband: Never a doubt that Blackpool could hold out

James Husband says he and his Blackpool teammates never doubted their ability to see out games.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 8:00 am

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The Seasiders held on for a vital win against MK Dons on Tuesday night thanks to Jerry Yates’ first-half effort, the striker’s 14th goal of the season.

Neil Critchley’s men had been pegged back late on in their previous two outings, the 1-1 draws against Crewe Alexandra and AFC Wimbledon.

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James Husband competes with Cameron Jerome at Stadium:MK

But there was no late drama at Stadium: MK as the Seasiders claimed a 13th clean sheet in 30 League One games this season.

Husband said: “It’s a tremendous three points given everything that has happened over the last two games.

“We couldn’t hold on to a lead in those games but we’ve done it on this occasion, but we knew we could.

“We’ve proven time and time again this season that we can shut teams out and we’ve done it again.

“We did a lot of work on our organisation and our pressing because everyone in this division knows that MK Dons play a lot of football and play a good style.

“But we handled it well. We had a plan and we executed it very well.

“I read the other day that they’ve had the most touches in the opposition box of any side, so we knew they might get the odd chance.

“But as defenders, it’s our job to defend those situations. We managed to do that and get a goal, which was great.

“To be honest, we should have had clean sheets in our last two games as well, so we know we’re capable of shutting teams out in this league.

“More often than not, if you shut teams out you’re going to get a goal, so we just need to keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve proven time and time again this season that we can do it.

“But on Saturday it (Wimbledon’s equaliser) was just a bit of luck for me as a mishit shot has gone straight to their striker.”

Blackpool can now boast a six-game unbeaten streak after claiming a third consecutive away win.

It leaves the Seasiders in 11th place, just four points off the play-offs with three games in hand.

“We’re delighted in the dressing room,” Husband added. “We’ve worked really hard, especially the guys in front of me. I could see the shift they were putting in.

“We back ourselves in every single game, there’s no two ways about it. We back ourselves to beat any team in this league.

“I know it’s bold saying it but we believe that. We have the mentality of going into every game expecting or wanting three points.”

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