McAlister: Players are low but Blackpool can rise again

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Jim McAlister admits Blackpool’s players are feeling low but he is convinced Crewe can do them a favour on Sunday.

Anything but defeat for Fleetwood at home to the rock-bottom Alex would see the Seasiders condemned to League Two after another terrible defeat by Wigan.

But should the Cod Army lose, Pool could still avoid the drop with a win at Peterborough – although bookies are offering 20/1 for that outcome.

Midfielder McAlister said: “We have to hope folk do us favours now, that’s all we can do.

“We shouldn’t be at the point where we need favours from other teams. We should have been keeping it in our own hands.

“We have one game to go. We need to go into the game on Sunday trying to win it, then it’s a case of hoping someone does us a favour.

“The boys are down – if you aren’t down after last weekend you shouldn’t be in football.”

McAlister was livid after Saturday’s second-half collapse saw Wigan win 4-0.

The Scott admitted: “The reaction in the dressing room was very down. You can’t play as well as we did in the first half and come in at 0-0 – we had to be going in ahead.

“Then in the second half you can’t go from one extreme to another like we did. It’s just not acceptable.”

To have any chance of survival Blackpool have to find the net on Sunday, something they’ve failed to do in any of their last four games.

It’s a real worry for manager Neil McDonald and one McAlister feels sums up the season.

The 30-year-old said: “We’ve created chances and not taken them. It’s happened far too often.

“Goals change games. You saw how much a goal helped Wigan. It’s very frustrating.”

The first goal has been crucial in Blackpool games all season – a collapse after conceding has been an all too familiar occurrence.

McAlister says Pool have to react better to any setbacks against Posh if they hope to survive. “When you do concede a goal you have to see out the next five or 10 minutes,” he said.

“When a side gets a boost like scoring a goal, they are always going to come at you and have a decent spell.

“You have to work hard and play your way back into the game. Too many times this season we’ve not even given ourselves a chance to do that.”