Lee Clark says Blackpool’s doubters are proving their inspiration to beat the Championship drop.
Many have already written the Seasiders off who sit eight points adrift at the bottom of the table after the worst start in the club’s history.
But after an upturn in form with Pool now unbeaten in four out of their last five games, the new manager feels the chance to prove people wrong is a real driving force.
“The reality is no-one thinks we’ll stay up,” Clark said.
“We are so far adrift most people are just talking about who will be the two clubs to join Blackpool.
“We use that as inspiration and as a driving tool.
“Ultimately we are all professionals and care about what we do, we don’t want to see the club drop out of the Championship.”
Blackpool picked up their first win under Clark with a 1-0 win against Birmingham last weekend and have taken five points out of a possible nine.
They travel to Charlton tomorrow looking for their first away win of the season, trying to maintain the unbeaten run.
Clark said: “The momentum we have now is breeding confidence and belief in the players.
“It helps prove what we are telling to the players does make a different and that the work they are putting in is getting rewarded.
“It’s also making other teams sit up and take notice of us. I think there will be a different perception of Blackpool now, nothing will come easy against us.
“If teams want anything out of games against us they will have to fight and scrap for everything.”
With new optimism from players and fans alike, there’s a much improved atmosphere at Bloomfield Road, particularly inside the dressing room.
But Clark is under no illusions of just how much more work is needed to drag the side to safety.
“We’ve had some nice words said to us in the last week which is pleasing,” he admitted. “But I’ve stressed to the players we are far from done now just because we’ve won a game.
“We have to keep working as hard as possible, there’s plenty of improvement left.”
There could finally be light at the end of the injury tunnel for Gary MacKenzie.
The defender hasn’t featured for the Seasiders since April after injuring his Achilles in the game against Leeds last season.
After initially making a premature return to training earlier this season, it was revealed his injury was much more serious than expected after a trip to a London based specialist.
But after months of rehabilitation, the 29-year-old is closing in on a return to training and could be back as soon as January.
“Gary is approaching that stage where he’s close to a return to training, which will probably be early new year,” Clark confirmed.
“He hasn’t played a lot of football so we’ll have to get a lot of fitness work into him.
“I know what Gary’s going through with an Achilles injury because I suffered two serious ones in my career.”