Nyron Nosworthy says Blackpool’s players are determined to prove the doubters wrong.
The central defender is among the Pool players who started the season out in the cold but have since won short-term deals at Bloomfield Road which expire next month.
Like Nosworthy, Chris Eagles, Darren O’Dea and Jamie O’Hara all spent months training on their own before linking up with Pool, while Kevin Foley found himself frozen out at Wolves.
They have been given new leases of life by Pool boss Lee Clark and Nosworthy, who left Watford in the summer, feels the chance to silence the doubters is the big motivation.
“If we can turn things around here a lot of people at this club will have proved a point,” he said.
“Most of us here have some sort of point to prove and we are determined to do it. There’s nothing like playing football matches. It’s great to be back.
“On top of that results are going well, so it is a good place to be at the moment.
“I still haven’t lost in a Blackpool shirt, which is nice. Long may it continue and I hope we can keep doing it to climb out of the bottom three.”
Nosworthy has started Pool’s last three games alongside Peter Clarke at the heart of the defence.
Despite having a combined age of 66, Nosworthy (the elder of the pair at 34) feels they are building a partnership with real potential.
He said: “I’m enjoying playing alongside Peter Clarke. He’s a really good and honest defender. We need people like him who will be honest and work hard for the team and the cause.
“I think myself and Peter have clicked well as we are similar. We both work hard and want to do the best for this club.
“The best way we can do that is by getting clean sheets and giving us a chance of getting results.
“Peter doesn’t need to do a lot of talking. He’s a leader by the way he plays on the field. His attitude rubs off on everyone and I think I’m similar.”
Pool earned a point at Charlton on Saturday thanks to Steven Davies’ last-gasp equaliser but they are still eight points from Championship safety.
And while wins are clearly needed, Nosworthy feels every point is important.
He added: “Each point counts, no matter what people think.
“As long as we can keep picking up points, then we are moving in the right direction.
“We are working hard on the training ground and the results are starting to come right on the pitch. You can see the work coming together.
“On Saturday we stuck to the plan, stuck together and got what we deserved in the end.”