Potts says win was vital for Pool

Blackpool's Brad Potts under pressure from Fleetwood Town's Jimmy Ryan
Blackpool's Brad Potts under pressure from Fleetwood Town's Jimmy Ryan
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Brad Potts hailed his Blackpool team mates after grinding out a wind win he says they desperately needed.

The midfield man saw his cross turned into the net by Fleetwood defending Nathan Pond, a moment which eventually handed Blackpool the points.

And while it was far from a vintage Pool display, Potts was delighted, and relieved.

“It’s been a while since we got our last three points and we put pressure on ourselves, so we needed that,” he said.

“We’ve been getting beaten when we didn’t deserve to, so the main thing was the win and we’ve done that.”

After a run of seven defeats on the trot Pool’s players were under huge pressure not to extend that run against neighbours Fleetwood on Saturday.

It was the first time in the club’s history they’d faced the Cod Army in a league game, meaning it was a clash they simply couldn’t lose.

While the display was hardly one of attacking style, Potts (right) revealed Blackpool’s boss Neil McDonald was more concerned about the defending.

He said: “The gaffer has gone on about us keeping clean sheets.

“At half-time, when we were 1-0 up, all he was saying was about keeping a clean sheet.

“When you’re at the bottom it’s hard to play passing, free-flowing football.

“However, when we do go in front it gave us confidence.

“To get the win will hopefully give us confidence and we can kick-on from here.”