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Slocombe: Propel Ourselves Up

Posted: Wed 15 Feb 2017

Keeper Targets Play-Off Push

Sam Slocombe says Blackpool must channel their recent performances into a run of form that propels the team up the table. 

The 'keeper, speaking on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth, has seen enough in two games against promotion contenders this week to know that the club is more than capable of reaching the play-offs. 

A third of the season now remains and Slocombe knows timing could be everything, with the side aiming to make the most of the games coming up.  
  
"We have some fixtures coming up where we can hopefully put our foot down, propel ourselves up a little bit closer to the play-offs and get some people wondering," he said.

"Late on there's always a couple of teams that push on at the end, so it might be a good time to set the ball rolling and put a few back-to-back wins together.

"You get on a little bit of a run and that momentum starts building, so it's actually quite a good thing to be playing games so close to each other - as long as you're not travelling as far as we are! 

"We've still got a couple of trips down to Plymouth and Exeter but if we come down and put in the performance we have in the second-half then we'll cause a lot of people problems, like we showed on Saturday against Carlisle."

It's Blackpool second-half performance at Fratton Park last night that the players take great heart from, with an initial slow start putting the team on the back foot for 45 minutes.   

"It was a disappointing defeat, in the first-half we weren't up to the standards of what we've set in recent weeks and maybe found it difficult against how they set up," Slocombe admitted. 

"In the second-half we really came out, changed our shape a little bit, and it allowed us to get close to them and give it a right go. We've had a couple of good chances and then they've got one on the break, similar to when they played Accrington on the weekend," he added.