O’Dea on Pool’s survival hopes and Watford trip

Darren O'Dea during a visit to Norbreck Primary School this week along with youngster Henry Cameron
Darren O'Dea during a visit to Norbreck Primary School this week along with youngster Henry Cameron
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Darren O’Dea has warned that Blackpool can’t afford many more disappointments and have to turn their season around without further delay.

The experienced defender remains convinced the Seasiders can pull off the shock of the century and escape relegation, but he admits time is running out with Pool nine points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.

The former Celtic centre-half said: “It’s about stringing results together now. We will be relegated if we don’t, simple as that.

“We haven’t got much left in the tank in terms of being able to take disappointments. We need results.

“Saturday’s defeat at Wolves summed up the Championship. We were five minutes away from a good point, a clean sheet and being three games unbeaten. Then we’d have been on a bit of a run, but we lost and were all bitterly disappointed.

“We now have to get up and go again at Watford. We’ve already spoken about things we are going to do differently.

“After that we have Brighton at home, so hopefully we can end the month with a couple of good results.”

The sixth-placed Hornets go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 5-0 win over Charlton. But far from being daunted, Irishman O’Dea feels that result could help Pool.

He explained: “Sometimes it can help when the team you are playing had such a big win the week before. It can focus your mind.

“We now know what a good team Watford are. And if we needed a reminder, that 5-0 win was it.

“We know we’ll have to defend for spells and be solid, but we also have to show more going forward.

“We need wins, although it’s obviously important not to lose. We’ll be more than ready for this game, and it’s about the players going out on the pitch and doing the business.”

The 27-year-old has played six times since joining the Seasiders last month and has extended his deal until the end of the season.

O’Dea was out of action for six months with a broken ankle before joining Pool and he had a scare in the win over Millwall 12 days ago, when he limped off injured.

It meant the Dubliner started last Saturday’s game at Wolves on the bench but the O’Dea is convinced he is now finally fully fit.

He added: “I don’t like it when players say, ‘You’ve not seen the best of me’, but with the injury I had it’s natural I will get stronger.

“Mentally and physically, getting back up to speed isn’t easy.

“I felt great in the week building up to the Millwall game. I started the game really well, then I got injured.

“It wasn’t my day. I went down with a head injury, then got a knock on the ankle.

“I think someone upstairs didn’t want me to stay on the pitch. I feel great now, though, and I’ve been training really hard.

“I was injured for six months before I joined Blackpool but I feel stronger now.

“The first few weeks here were difficult for me because I was just trying to get up to speed with Championship football.

“I was also coming into a team which couldn’t afford passengers.

“It was tricky but I feel fully fit now and I want to start affecting the team more, first of all by getting into it.

“Once I am, I want to start playing my part in improving results.”