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Thompson: Clean Sheet Was Vital

Posted: Wed 07 Nov 2012
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Caretaker Boss Delighted With Performance

Steve Thompson was delighted with Blackpool's 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, especially the clean sheet.

The Seasiders picked up a valuable three points for the first time since the start of October and victories are always built on a solid defensive platform.

"I think the most pleasing thing is the clean sheet," Thompson said. "I reiterated to the lads at the start of the game that we've conceded in 72 per cent of games this season, which is not a good stat. We've now kept a clean sheet for the first time since Ipswich."

The spirited and determined nature of the performance banished memories of Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Derby, which was a one-off in difficult circumstances. 

"That wasn't Blackpool on Saturday and we didn't have the ideal preparation. I've told the lads that they've set their own standards, we're a good team and we've got to make sure that we stay in the game. We need to play attacking football but we can't be conceding goals because it's too end-to-end at times.

"The lads were absolutely buzzing in the dressing room (after this result) and it has given everyone a massive lift. Hopefully it will kick-start our season again."

Thompson made three changes for the game at Hillsborough and he was keen to give mention to the efforts of Chris Basham, with the midfielder starting his first match of the season. 

"Chris Basham was absolutely immense, saying that he's not been in the team for a bit. He's trained and just got on with it," he added.