Thommo: We are all in this together

Steve Thompson with his players at full-time on Saturday
Steve Thompson with his players at full-time on Saturday
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STEVE Thompson believes there’s a real togetherness coming back to his Seasiders squad.

It’s been a difficult spell for the club, losing two managers in two months and tumbling down the Championship table.

And despite the managerial situation still not being resolved after three weeks, Pool’s caretaker boss is convinced things have taken a turn for the better over the past week.

“We went over to the fans at full-time, all as one,” he said of last Saturday’s much-needed win at Leeds.

“The supporters were fantastic. What you see is what you get with the staff and the players here. We are an honest bunch.

“We go and give everything. That’s all I ask from the players – 100 per cent.”

Thompson has tried to keep negativity away from the club’s Squires Gate training ground this week, as they aim to get on with business as usual.

And instead of dwelling on the obvious problems, he instead chose to highlight the form of his goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

“Gilo made some fantastic saves for us at vital times last Saturday,” he said.

“He makes big saves quite often but they never seem to be remembered.

“Keepers are the first to be blamed when they make mistakes, but he’s made some crucial saves for us.”

Thompson has been boosted in the last two games by the return to fitness of Matt Phillips.

The Scotland international missed eight weeks with a toe injury but has now returned to full fitness.

He lasted 60 minutes against Wolves on Saturday and enjoyed a similar run-out for the club’s reserve side on Monday.

And Thompson is delighted to have him back. “With him and Tom Ince, we have two very special wide men in this division,” he said.

“Matty was on a bit of a downer coming off, but we’ve rushed him back and with another week’s training under his belt he’ll be ready.”