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Osbourne: Stand Up and Be Counted

Posted: Thu 16 Jan 2014
Author: Sean Gallagher

Returning Midfielder Says Players Must Take Responsibility

Isaiah Osbourne believes the players need to take responsibility for Blackpool's poor run of form, while maintaining that a bit of luck can quickly turn the club's fortunes.

The Seasiders go into this weekend's game at Barnsley without a win in eight league games, but Osbourne says that the pressure being placed on the team currently should rest on the players' shoulders rather than the manager.

"If the manager is under pressure us as players are under pressure as well," he said. "As you can see we are slipping down the table so we need a win as soon as possible to get our confidence back. 

"When you see stuff in the newspapers you automatically see managers getting bad press, but us as players need to stand up and start performing on the pitch.

"Sometimes you just need that bit of luck to turn things around. In life everyone needs a bit of luck, so I think we need an own goal or something in the last minute to stop this rot.

"It's frustrating that we keep losing of course, but we've got good players so there's no reason why we can't turn this around.

"This Saturday is obviously going to be a big game. Barnsley are bottom of the league struggling and so are we, so we'll both be right up for it."

Osbourne has himself endured a frustrating period missing the Christmas schedule owing to a hamstring injury, but the former Aston Villa midfielder says he is fit and available for selection at Oakwell.

"Obviously I've come back earlier than expected as they said I would be out for six weeks, but it's only turned out to be four. So I'm available this weekend and I hope to be involved," he added.