Simon Grayson: Now let's make it back-to-back Blackpool wins

Simon Grayson says there’s no chance of his Blackpool side getting carried away after their long-overdue victory.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 6:00 am
Armand Gnanduillet is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his and Blackpool's second goal against Southend

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Armand Gnanduillet scored both goals to take his tally for the season to 17 as Pool won for the first time in 11 outings.

Now 14th in League One, they have a priceless opportunity to build on this win with another home game tomorrow against Gillingham.

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Grayson told The Gazette: “We’ve got to try to make it back-to-back wins, definitely.

“I’m not getting too carried away and thinking our season has turned but it’s a step in the right direction because we’ve halted the run (Town had last tasted victory against Fleetwood Town on December 7).

“It will be a different type of game against Gillingham, so we’ve got to be focused, prepared and do whatever we can for back-to-back wins, which have been a long time coming.

“We’re not going to start thinking we’re the finished article because we’ve won one game but there have been signs over the last few weeks that we’re not too far away and this is another progression”

While Gnanduillet grabbed the headlines with his brace, Blackpool’s win against the Shrimpers owed a lot to their January signings.

Connor Ronan and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall were stand-outs, the duo bringing much-needed creativity and guile in the middle.

“That’s why we brought them to the club,” Grayson added. “People have asked whether the new players will be able to gel but good players can understand how to play certain positions. Good players want to handle the ball.

“Leicester hold Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in real high regard and we’ve done really well to get him through the contacts I know at Leicester.

“Connor Ronan as well is on the periphery of the Republic of Ireland squad, so we’ve shown our intent in bringing these players to the club.

“You saw other performances that probably went a little under the radar but still managed to bring different aspects to the team.”

Taylor Moore was another recent recruit who caught the eye, the defender impressing on his debut against his former side.

Grayson said: “He’s a good footballer, who can handle the ball but defends as well.

“I wasn’t too pleased when he was trying to overlap the left-back with about two minutes to go, so I just needed to put the reins on him so he was just defending.

“But again, we’ve spoken about how we wanted to bring quality players to the football club and we’ve done that.”