Simon Grayson says a win for Blackpool against Gillingham tonight could act as springboard to 'catapult' the Seasiders up the table

Simon Grayson believes a second win for Blackpool in the space of four days could act as a springboard to catapult the Seasiders up the league table.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 6:00 am

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The Seasiders ended a run of 10 games without a win on Saturday as they saw off Southend United 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.

Pool will now aim to immediately build on that return to winning ways when they take on Gillingham tonight.

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Pool boss Simon Grayson

“We’ve just got to take this next game,” Grayson said.

“It’s going to be a tough game but if we can get back-to-back victories and go on a little run, who knows where it can take you?

“We’ve just got to focus on what we’re going to do game-by-game, we can’t get too ahead of ourselves thinking we want 12 points from our next four games and this, that and the other.

“We want to win as many games as possible but also show people what we’re capable of doing.

“It’s still a tight division and a couple of results can catapult you up the table.

“Saturday was a start, but it’s only a start. We’ve now got to keep doing it for the rest of the season and see where it takes us with the overall picture.

“It’s all about building and building but short-term we need to get some results as well.”

The Seasiders certainly won’t have it all their own way tonight against a Gillingham side that sit three points above them in the League One table.

Steve Evans’ side are notoriously difficult to beat, their last loss in the league coming in November.

“Any time you play against a Steve Evans team you know you’re going to have to be at it,” Grayson added.

“You have to compete, you have to win second balls, deal with balls into the box and they’ll be a threat from set pieces.

“We have to concentrate on what they do but also work on what we need to do to make sure we keep improving.

“It’s a tough game, it’s never going to be easy. Just look at Saturday, we were quite comfortable for large parts of it and then a worldie changes the mentality of them and of us as well.

"It’s a game that’s going to be competitive and we are going to have to work hard.

“As we found out down there earlier in the season, we went 2-0 down but showed good fighting qualities and good character to get back into it.

“It will be a totally different game from the one against Southend at the weekend so we’ve got to be prepared physically and mentally and hopefully we can get another three points again.”