Pool can’t rely on others

Blackpool midfielder Neil Danns says they can't rely on other teams slipping up
Blackpool midfielder Neil Danns says they can't rely on other teams slipping up
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Neil Danns knows Blackpool can’t continue to rely on other results going their way if they’re going to clinch a League Two play-off spot.

The Seasiders missed a vital opportunity to climb back into the top seven on Good Friday as they drew 0-0 with Accrington Stanley, with Kyle Vassell missing a late penalty.

But results elsewhere went their way, as they did the previous week when Pool lost 3-1 to Grimsby Town, but Danns insists that they must take things into their own hands.

“It was a frustrating day,” the midfielder said.

“We’ve hit the post, had a few chances and then obviously the penalty miss is a big moment.

“We know how much it means which makes it even more frustrating. We could have been in the play-off spots.

“That’s football but luckily for us the results have gone our way again.

“We can’t keep hoping results go our way and we’ve got to take it into our own hands and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”

Blackpool were forced to rue Vassell’s late penalty miss against Accrington which came at a time when the game was finely poised with just 15 minutes to go.

But Danns, who missed from the spot against Crawley Town earlier in the season, puts no blame on the club’s top striker for his miss in what was a game full of contentious decisions.

He said: “It’s disappointing but I’ve missed one myself this season, so it happens. If he blazes it wide and misses the target completely you’re more disappointed, but quite often you see the goalkeeper go the wrong way but he’s guessed the right way unfortunately for Vass.

“Vass knows we’re all around him and he’s more than made up for that with some of his goals this season.

“We don’t put any blame on anyone in the team because we’ve got to stick together at this point.

“They appealed for a penalty but it definitely wasn’t. You can clearly see Sam (Slocombe) got a touch on the ball.

“You’re always going to have the opposition managers ranting and raving but we’re on the pitch and we can see it. If you look at the guy’s reaction you see he’s got straight back up and went to run for the ball.”