Leaders Latics can't frighten Blackpool's Delfouneso

Delfouneso celebrates his goal against Walsall with Cooke
Delfouneso celebrates his goal against Walsall with Cooke
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Blackpool will be up against it away to top-of-the-table Wigan Athletic tonight but Nathan Delfouneso insists they have nothing to fear.

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The Seasiders, who have won just two of their last 18 games, will be huge underdogs for the 7.45pm kick-off at the DW Stadium.

Paul Cook’s side are two points ahead of second-placed Shrewsbury Town in League One with a game in hand still.

Pool are just two points and two places above the drop zone after Saturday’s home draw with Walsall.

Gary Bowyer’s side had to come from behind twice to steal a point in a game they ought to have won on the balance of play.

But that has been the story of their season as individual mistakes continue to be their downfall. Delfouneso said: “The goals we conceded we know were avoidable.

“The defensive mistakes are something we’ve got to cut out quickly but that’s probably something we’ve been talking about for a very long time.

“If we hadn’t made these mistakes, who knows where we could be right now?

“But we’ve got to take the positives out of the game. We’ve got to learn quicker from the mistakes and keep getting better and looking to improve.

“With the players at our disposal, I’ve no doubt only positive things are going to come for us. We scored two great goals and had two or three cleared off the line, so it was very frustrating.

“The luck isn’t quite going for us at the moment but we’ve just got to keep going. We need everyone to stick together, the players and the fans.

“If we do that I’m confident we can turn these draws into wins. But we can’t be too downhearted about it.

“We go again and recover ahead of what is a massive game on Tuesday. We know it’s going to be tough but we’ve got to take it to them.

“If we do that, we can come out with a positive result.

“I feel confident that on our day we can take it to any team in the league. It’s down to us to produce the goods.”

Delfouneso drew Blackpool level in the first half with a composed finish for just his third goal of the season.

All three have been impressive strikes and the 27-year-old admits he needs to find a way to score on a more regular basis.

“I need to find a way to score a few scrappy tap- ins,” he joked. “Unfortunately it wasn’t for three points but I’m still glad I was able to contribute to another point.

“It’s a point gained and another point on to our tally. But we’ve got to continue and keep pushing for these last 15 games, which are going to be massive for us.

“We’re confident as long as we keep doing the right things.”