Neal Bishop was a relieved man by full time this afternoon, after Blackpool ensured their Championship status for another season, despite defeat at the hands of Charlton.
Results elsewhere went in Pool’s favour, meaning Callum Harriott’s hat-trick in the second half counted for little.
The Seasiders survived by two points, but Bishop was still left frustrated after signing off on a defeat.
“Nobody is celebrating and shouting from the rooftops, but we have kept the club up,” said Bishop. “The objective from probably the end of February has been to keep this club in The Championship.
“We haven’t done the job today, but you are where you deserve to be after 46 games. Luckily enough we had a great week last week. We’re not in the bottom three, today is a massive disappointment, but we’re over the line.
“For the first 45 minutes I thought we played really well, the only thing missing was the goal. The first two goals were schoolboy stuff, the lads not been picked up.
“It’s been surreal at times this season, but we wanted to end in a good way and give the fans something to smile about over the summer, unfortunately that hasn’t happened.”
Bishop is one of the majority of players who is out of contract, but the midfielder does have an option in his contract, so the decision is down to Blackpool.
After joining from Notts County last summer, Bishop made 35 appearances and despite the poor form of the team, he’s enjoyed his time as a Seasider.
“Everything is up in the air, but I can go home knowing I’ve given everything since I’ve been here, in training and on the pitch.
“If we’d have gone down or stayed up, I’d love to stay. This club has been fantastic since I joined, I’ve seen a lot, but I’ve loved it. It has been hard, but I’m not making excuses for performances on the pitch.
“I hate losing football matches, my missus will tell you when I go back and she can’t speak to me for three days. I’d like to give my personal thanks to everyone who has supported me and the club this season, sorry the performances,” said Bishop.