McAlister: It’s time to look up

Blackpool's Jim McAlister
Blackpool's Jim McAlister
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Jim McAlister wants Blackpool to start looking up the league table now, rather than down.

Saturday’s 2-0 win against Crewe lifted the Seasiders out of the relegation zone for the first time since the opening day of the season.

It comes as a reward for a superb run of form which sees them unbeaten in their last six games.

The Scottish midfielder joined the club in the summer as one of 18 new signings, and he’s delighted things finally appear to be coming together.

“The place was jumping after the game on Saturday,” he said.

“We came off the park and checked the results and was delighted to see we were out of the relegation zone.

“We can start looking up the league now I think.

“Confidence comes with winning games, or even not conceding goals.

“It was a whole new squad in the summer and it was always going to take time, although it maybe took longer than people had hoped.

“Hopefully now we are all pulling in the right direction.”

Blackpool moved up to 19th in League One on Saturday, incredibly just eight points from the play-off places.

Their recent run of form has seen fresh expectations from supporters, and the bookmakers who listed them as favourites against Crewe.

It was the first time in more than a year Pool hadn’t been the underdogs.

McAlister said: “Saturday was the first time we went into the game with the pressure on us. The boys handled it pretty well. The end result showed how well we handled the pressure, winning and a clean sheet.

“We had to be patient, we knew that before, though.

“We knew they’d play 4-5-1 at times and it was up to us to break them down.

“We kept plugging away and got the results.” The 29-year-old has played across Blackpool’s midfield so far this season. Although a central midfielder by trade, McAlister is more than willing to take one for the team.

“It’s been a few years since I played in a few areas,” he said. “If it helps the team out then all is good.”