Tom Aldred has blasted Blackpool’s doubters insisting, ‘We’ll prove we are fit to wear the shirt’.
The Seasiders go into tomorrow’s huge clash against Fylde coast neighbours Fleetwood with criticism ringing in their ears following last weekend’s disaster against Rochdale.
Many claimed Pool’s players lacked fight and commitment as they crumbled to a 3-0 defeat which left them on the verge of back-to-back relegations.
But defender Aldred was quick to insist the squad intend to prove everyone wrong tomorrow.
“To say the players don’t care is scandalous, I don’t agree with that at all,” he fumed.
“Last season some of the players probably were worthy of claims they didn’t want to fight for the club. But this season is different, we have the fight.
“The performances have been below par, but to say there’s been no fight or people aren’t fit to wear the shirt I don’t agree with.
“We’ll see on Saturday whether those things are true, and they definitely won’t be.”
After results went their way this week, Blackpool go into the game at Highbury tomorrow fully aware a win would take them out of the bottom four.
And despite all the chaos they’ve been through this season, Aldred was quick to remind everyone their fate remains in their hands.
He said: “We are well aware it’s a massive game for Blackpool and it’s one we want to win.
“If we win the next three games, we stay up.
“We went through a similar spell earlier in the season where we were on a terrible run then we played Fleetwood and won, played Wigan and won and played Peterborough and won.
“We kept three clean sheets in that run and if we can repeat that, we’ll stay up.”
“We are well aware of the position we are in and what we need.
“We need to dig-in, and look at the Fleetwood game and get the result we want and need.
“It’s all about results now, but we also know we have to perform better than we have.
“You can’t expect results to come without the performances.
“We would take playing bad and getting the three points, but most of the time it doesn’t work like that and you have to play well.”
Fleetwood missed a chance to put daylight between themselves and Blackpool with a 1-0 defeat at Millwall in midweek – a win would have left them five points clear from the drop.
And Aldred hopes that missed opportunity will be playing on their minds.
“Fleetwood will be well aware we are coming for them, we’ve already beaten them this season,” he said.
“There’s nothing to fear for us and we are looking forward to it. Results went our way the other night, had Fleetwood won the other night they’d be five points ahead of us.
“But they lost and mentally on the coach home they’d have been thinking if they get beat tomorrow they could go ahead of us.”