Thommo wants more threat from Pool

Blackpool's Thomas Ince has a near miss on Saturday
Blackpool's Thomas Ince has a near miss on Saturday
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Steve Thompson has called on Blackpool to pose more of a threat in the final third.

The Seasiders recorded their second 0-0 stalemate in five days at Charlton on Saturday, their fourth successive Championship draw.

The point at The Valley keeps Paul Ince’s men in the play-off places but it was a lacklustre game of few chances.

And while assistant manager Thompson is pleased with another good defensive display, he feels it’s important Pool start to look more of a threat in attack.

“We have had a great start to the season,” insisted Thompson. “We are keeping clean sheets and there’s no doubt we have goals in this squad.

“We just have to make sure we find a happy balance between not conceding and looking like scoring.”

Pool could only muster a couple of half-chances on a dull afternoon in south London.

Thompson added: “There was a lot of huff and puff but not a lot of quality in the final third.

“We tried to get it into wide positions and get our crosses in, but it ended up as two teams cancelling each other out.

“We always said the first goal was going to be important and that’s why we tried to score it. The ball just didn’t land for us kindly.

“Chances were very few and far between. It was a scrappy game, which probably needed a goal to liven it up.”

Ince has stated his target for the season is 50 points and Pool are well on track with 20 from 11 matches.

The Seasiders may have gone five without a win but Thompson isn’t concerned. “Four draws (in a row) isn’t a worry,” he said. “It would be nice to have got some wins but we aren’t getting beaten.

“If we can turn a couple of these draws into three points, then we will keep pushing on.”

Pool’s best player on Saturday was undoubtedly keeper Matt Gilks, who produced a number of superb catches and a vital save from Jordan Cousins on 71 minutes.

“Gilo didn’t have a lot to do, but when we needed him he made a good save to tip it around the post,” said Thompson

“That’s the quality he has and we know we can always rely on him.”

On the flipside, Charlton have only won once all season and manager Chris Powell was delighted with the point.

He said: “It was out first clean sheet of the season and our first at home since last November.

“I have been willing us to get one and it has been individual mistakes that have really cost us.

“Obviously we are in the business to win games but I have got to take the positives.”