Time for the talking to stop, says Blackpool’s Matt

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Jamille Matt believes the time for talking is over and Blackpool must now put their words into action on the pitch, starting at home to Barnet tonight.

The Seasiders squandered a 2-0 lead for the second game running as Exeter City scored a stoppage-time equaliser to draw 2-2, a result that leaves Pool seven points off the play-off spots.

Pool have now drawn seven of their last 10 games and striker Matt is well aware results haven’t been good enough.

He said: “From the outside looking in the draws don’t look too bad, but with the quality in our squad those draws should be wins.

“We should be a lot higher up the league than we are and that’s the belief among the team, but we can’t keep saying that. It’s been said so many times but we have to draw a line and just do it.”

Gary Bowyer’s men, who drew 2-2 with Crewe Alexandra last time out at Bloomfield Road, face back to back home games, with Morecambe the visitors on Saturday.

Matt added: “Exeter was a difficult result to take, especially after last week. Everyone is hurting. It’s just sickening really because we should have had six points from our last two games.

“But the games are coming thick and fast, so we have to pick ourselves up and go again on Tuesday. It’s as simple as that.”

A despondent Bowyer questioned his players’ desire and will to win following Saturday’s disappointing result, ordering them to hold a team meeting among themselves on the pitch after the game.

But Matt, who led the line in the absence of Kyle Vassell at St James Park, insists the team still believe they can be successful.

He said: “We spoke among ourselves and everyone is disappointed, but we’re all trying to input that disappointment into the games that are coming up fast.

“There are teams who always make a late run for the play-offs and momentum is a big thing, so hopefully we can be that team. We just need to somehow tweak it a little bit and turn those draws into three points.

“There will be a lot of twists and turns, and no-one has really stamped their authority on those four play-off places. If it stays how it is right now, we’ve always got an opportunity.”