Pressure is off Blackpool now, says Thompson

Blackpool's assistant boss Alan Thompson
Blackpool's assistant boss Alan Thompson
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Blackpool have been given a message ahead of their final seven games - go out and enjoy it.

The Seasiders travel to Bolton tomorrow 17 points from safety at the bottom of the Championship and on the verge of relegation.

Should Rotherham beat Birmingham this afternoon, defeat to Bolton on Saturday will see Pool officially relegated to League One.

And assistant manager Alan Thompson, speaking instead of boss Lee Clark in his pre-match conference, said it’s time Pool let their hair down.

“There’s no pressure on us, why can’t we go out there and enjoy our football now,” he said.

“The players should be feeling free now so why not go out there, score some goals and finally win some games?.

“We are feeling better for the break, without a doubt.

“We all agree we needed a few days away from the club after what was a difficult spell.

“It’s great to be back and we just want to bring some positivity around the place now.

“We want to try and get things going in the right direction.

“The lads have been fantastic since they got back, we had a decent couple of days off last weekend and everyone is back in positive spirits now.”

Pool haven’t won away from home all season, and hope a trip to local rivals Bolton could bring their first bit of success on the road. He said: “We have to try and find an away win from somewhere. With the games we have left we have to go out and get positive results with positive performances.

“If we can do what we did against Leeds, what we are looking to do, then we’ll get some positive results.”

Around 500 tickets have been sold in advanced for tomorrow’s game, although they are available on the day.

There will be a cash only facility on turnstile E from 2pm onwards.