IAN Evatt believes Saturday’s goalless draw with Stoke was “definitely, 100 per cent” a point gained rather than two dropped – and he believes one more victory will keep Blackpool up.
The Seasiders centre-half is convinced that 38 points will be enough to stay in the Premier League, meaning Pool require three points from their final three games.
Ian Holloway’s side have ended the weekend exactly where they started it – outside the bottom three by virtue of a goal difference one better than Wigan’s.
Evatt, who turned in a superb display to help the Seasiders keep their first home clean sheet of the season, feels the team has come back into form in their last two matches.
He said: “Nobody knows how many points we will need but I believe three more will be enough.
“We will be going for them on Saturday at Tottenham. If we don’t get them there, we will be looking at a massive match against Bolton at home. We have to win that one really because we don’t want to be going to Old Trafford needing a win.
“Before Saturday I said we needed four points and we got one against Stoke.”
It was Pool’s first goalless draw at Bloomfield Road since Derby’s visit in August 2009 – Holloway’s fourth game in charge – and Evatt added: “It is definitely, 100 per cent a point gained. It was blowing a gale and the pitch is bobbly. Add to that the fact that Stoke have been on fire in recent weeks and it was very difficult for us.
“To limit them to a few chances and keep a clean sheet is a massive positive.
“They are a big side and it was strap on your tin hat time to try to deal with all their set-pieces and long throws, but I thought the boys did that brilliantly.
“Tony Pulis (Stoke boss) isn’t the type of guy to take his foot off the gas. He wanted three points and so did we. It was a hard-fought game and a good point. The lads felt very positive in the dressing room afterwards.