Keeper Hoping For Stability
Matt Gilks admits it has been a disappointing season on the whole, but says now is the time to start looking forward now that The Seasiders are mathematically safe.
The 30-year-old spoke after Saturday's 2-1 win over Derby County in which Ludovic Sylvestre's stunning volley helped secure all three points.
"We were very pleased to get over the line," said Gilks. "Unfortunately we took it down to the last home game of the season, but that is how we have had to do it and luckily Ludo came up with a great strike at the end.
"It's been a disappointing season from everybody's perspective, especially as players, we know we've underachieved after the last few years that we have had at this football club.
"It's been very unsettled throughout the season with different managers and caretaker managers, but now we are settled with Paul, which is what we were after from the moment Ian left really.
"But, that's how it's been and the lads have responded and we know we have made it difficult for ourselves but hopefully now we can rebuild."
Paul Ince joined the club in mid-February and now that he has had a few months at the club Gilks hopes that he can now provide some much needed solidarity moving forward into next season.
With the Brighton fixture aside there has been a clear improvement in terms of Blackpool's defensive record, something which Gilks is keen to improve upon further in the future.
"We needed stability and there was no stability after Ian left. Obviously Michael came in and did a good job for a few weeks and then he went and we had Steve back in charge and then obviously Paul was the man for the job.
"Certainly at the back we don't concede as many goals as we used to as we are not as gung-ho. We've still got our formation to keep, which we can adapt from game to game as we have had to as with the state of the home pitch we haven't been able to play our nice football, which is a shame because we have got some really talented boys.
"I think from a defender's or a goalkeeper's perspective that is what you want - to come off the pitch with clean sheets. We are a team of footballers; we are not a kick it and run style of team, as a few teams are in this league, so we're disappointed from that point of view that we couldn't play our football."
Although The Seasiders are safe Gilks is keen to end the season on a positive note and won't allow any complacency at The Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
"We will have to take our preparation into the game as we have with every other game this season. It's going to be a tough one and we don't need another Brighton score on our hands so we are going to have to prepare mentally for it and once it's out of the way we can relax."