Pool’s day of destiny in Manchester comes exactly a year after the Wembley play-off win
Ian Holloway’s men face title-winning United on May 22. On the same date 12 months ago, they were busy seeing off Cardiff in the Championship play-off final to win promotion.
It’s a coincidence not lost on Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who believes it bodes well.
The Seasiders striker said: “It’s amazing how similar it is to last season and let’s hope we can have the same outcome as we did at Wembley.
“Just like last year, we’ve had the belief that when opponents score we’ll come back again and again. I think that was maybe missing a few weeks ago but we’ve certainly found it again.
“We’re capable of getting something at United and we’ll give our all.
“To have got 39 points after what people were saying about our squad is unbelievable. If we can produce the same attacking threat as normal, then we’ve got half a chance.”
Taylor-Fletcher typifies what this Blackpool team is all about. Still playing non-league football in 2003, he played at all levels of the Football League before finally making it to the top flight this season.
And the 29-year-old, a £90,000 signing from Huddersfield in 2007, has more than held his own among the big boys. Against Bolton on Saturday, he turned in another fine performance and created three of Pool’s four goals.
He added: “We got off to the worst possible start, with Bolton scoring early, but we showed the same character we have in the last few weeks. We didn’t stop going, we dug in and won. I was made up.
“I was pleased with my display. I think myself, DJ (Campbell) and Jason Puncheon worked well as a front three.
“We were moving and linking up really well. DJ got two goals; Punch’s was a great finish and I think we all enjoyed it.”
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