Up and down season for Blackpool star man Tilt

Curtis Tilt
Curtis Tilt
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Curtis Tilt reflected on a campaign of ups and downs after Blackpool brought their season to a close.

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Despite losing 1-0 at Rotherham United on Saturday, the Seasiders ended their season in the top half of the League One table.

That is quite the achievement for a club that was odds-on to be relegated straight back to the fourth tier after promotion via the play-offs 12 months ago.

It could have been even better for Pool, who would have finished in the top 10 had they picked up the win at Rotherham their performance deserved.

But defender Tilt was happy to focus on a job well done this season, despite speaking of his disappointment at the New York Stadium defeat.

The Gazette player of the year said: “We wanted to finish the season on a high and get the three points but we had a terrible first half.

“We came in at half-time and regrouped, and I think we should have got something from the game with the amount of chances we created in the second half.

“We went one down and that seemed to kick us into gear a little bit.

“I thought we played some good football second half and I felt we should have scored. We should have at least got the draw, if not nicked the win.

“But it’s been the same sort of story all year – there have been loads of ups and downs.

“But on the whole we’ve done well this season, which you can see when you look at the league table.”

The Seasiders had more than enough chances to win the game on Saturday.

But for the second week running they were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal.

Instead Rotherham, who finished the season in fourth place and will contest a two-legged play-off semi-final with Scunthorpe United, took home the three points courtesy of Will Vaulks’ second-half strike.

For Tilt, he will now look ahead to a richly deserved break after impressing on his first season as a Football League player.

He has deservedly won plenty of plaudits for his performances in tangerine this season, claiming three gongs at the club’s end-of-season awards night last week.

Having only recently transferred to full-time football, a summer break is something Tilt might not be accustomed to but he’s going to take full advantage of it.

The 26-year-old added: “I’m just going to relax and that’s about it. I’m going to shut off but I don’t really know what I’m going to do.

“Being a part-time player prior to coming here I’ve not been in this situation many times before, so we’ll just have to see what comes.”