Defender Wants Pool To Kick On
Kirk Broadfoot believes that back to back wins are the key to propelling The Seasiders up the Championship table, as they go in search of another three points away to Ipswich tomorrow.
Blackpool fired six past the Tractor Boys in August to put themselves top of the early league table, but have failed to win consecutive fixtures since.
Now sitting ten points from the playoffs and six from the relegation zone, Broadfoot is well aware that the three games over the next seven days could go a long way to determining what Pool have left to play for over the remainder of the campaign.
“I don’t think you can look too far forward, but the league is that tight you always know that if you go on a run you can maybe nip into the playoffs and if you don’t you could end up down by the relegation zone,” the central defender said.
“We just need to look forward to the games coming up, hopefully put some wins together and who knows where that could take us.
“A win breeds confidence, but we’re not getting carried away. There’s another tough game coming up this weekend and we’ve been preparing as best as we can – it’s been a bit difficult with the weather, but we’ve still managed to get out and get some work done.”
Last week’s last-gasp win over Millwall provided a welcome boost for The Seasiders, who finally saw luck go their way after being unfortunate to lose against Barnsley the previous week. Despite that, and on-going uncertainty off-the-field, the 28-year-old says that the mood within the camp has remained positive throughout.
“The boys seem upbeat - we’re just getting out and getting on with our job. Tommo keeps us upbeat, keeps us ticking over, and I think as a professional you’ve got to get your head down and work hard and look forward to the next game.
“We went bowling last week for a bit of team bonding, and the boys had a good laugh, although I think Crains got beat and he wasn’t too happy! They enjoyed themselves though and I think you need that now and again.”
While things may not have gone exactly to plan for Blackpool over recent months, Broadfoot has nevertheless emerged as a permanent fixture in the Tangerines back-line, starting seventeen consecutive games.
The former Rangers defender, who had previously played his entire career north of the border, feels he’s very happy with how he’s taken to English football, and is also delighted to have put behind him the injury problems that have plagued him over the last few seasons.
“I’m enjoying it - obviously it’s different for me because every game is really competitive. There are good crowds down here and good players, so I’m really enjoying my football.
“Over the last year and a half I’ve always said that I just need a run of games to get my fitness up, and lucky enough I’ve had a couple of managers here who have believed in me and have given me those games. I’m feeling strong and looking forward to each game as it comes.”