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Gilks Expects Positive Response

Posted: Thu 23 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

The goalkeeper's thoughts on a busy week at Bloomfield Road

After an eventful week at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool’s longest serving player Matt Gilks has backed his team mates to respond in the best possible way, with three points against Doncaster on Saturday.

Following the dismissal of Paul Ince on Tuesday, the squad reported back for training this morning and it was business as usual.

Although Gilks admits it was sad to see the former management team leave, he expects a positive response on the weekend.

“We need to start winning again, that is the most important thing and we have a great opportunity to do that on Saturday,” said Gilks.

“It is obviously disappointing when the manager and his assistants go, but it doesn’t change the fact you have to train, go out on the pitch on a Saturday and do your best for this football club.

“I’ve been through a few managers, even at this club, let alone my career. Unfortunately sometimes these things need to happen and we should move on.

“Barry (Ferguson) has taken over training and it was really sharp. Hopefully we’ll go into the game Saturday with a lot more belief and desire to want those three points.”

Last season Gilks played under three different managers at Bloomfield Road, so is used to transitional periods, and as one of the more experienced players, will take it in his stride.

“Obviously Barry has taken the reigns and a lot falls on his shoulders, but if he wants me, Broady or Cathers, then I’m sure he’ll ask for our help. He has brought a couple of lads in today, just helping out for the time being and they know enough about football. 

“On the Tuesday when the news broke my phone went into meltdown, people ringing me asking what was going on. In the end I turned it off because I was sick of it ringing, you listen to it, and take what you want from it. 

“It’s not like we’re in the bottom three, it could be a lot worse, so we take every game as it comes and ultimately we need three points on Saturday.”

On Saturday Gilks welcomes back a former-team mate, Doncaster’s manager Paul Dickov, and prepares to face an old foe in the form of striker Billy Sharp.

“Knowing Dickie it will be a tough game, they’ll be fit, sharp and mentally ready. They’re like us in their situation, they need to start picking up points and they’ll see us as a good scalp. 

"Obviously with our recent form they’ll try and take advantage of. It’s about how we apply ourselves, rather than how Doncaster turn up. 

“He is a great player at this level (Sharp); I’ve played against him for various clubs he has been at. He is a goal scorer and maybe we could have done with one of them in previous months.

"He can score goals, so we’ll speak about it tomorrow and Saturday, to make sure he doesn’t,” said Gilks.