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Thompson: We Need To Be Brave

Posted: Sat 19 Jan 2013
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Caretaker Boss Expects Change Of Fortunes Soon

Steve Thompson was left disappointed once again as The Seasiders lost 2-1 for the third successive game running as Cardiff City grabbed all three points from Bloomfield Road.

All the goals came in the second-half, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher scoring in between efforts from Kim Bo-Kyung and a deflected strike from Tommy Smith.

Again it was less than ideal preparation for Blackpool with Neal Eardley, Alex Baptiste, Stephen Crainey and Kevin Phillips all falling ill in the last 24 hours.

"We didn't get off to the best of starts this morning when we lost three of our back four and Kev Phillips through a virus," said Thompson.

"We huffed and puffed but I've said to the lads that, even on our pitch, we've got to get on the ball and be brave on it.

"I don't want to change the way we play just because of the pitch, but I think we got a little bit of a lesson off them today by them just helping it over our back four, chasing it down and going for the second-ball.

"We've just got to trust ourselves on there."

Despite results going against The Seasiders in recent weeks Thompson believes there is enough quality in the dressing room to see a change of fortunes soon.

"We've got to be big and strong. We've had some great times at this football club but this is where we need to stick together. We've got good players and I consider us to be one of the best passing sides in the league, but there's certain ways to win on that pitch and I think we may have to adjust now.

"Until I hear any different I will keep getting these lads going, but every week there seems to be some sort of blip from the manager leaving to losing four players today. I think somewhere along the line we are due a little bit of luck.

"The lads are down at the minute but I've got to make sure we lift them and I will do."