Caretaker Manager Talks Barnsley Fixture
Steve Thompson has called on his Blackpool side to start producing their best form, starting with tomorrow’s fixture against Barnsley at Bloomfield Road.
Pool's caretaker boss picked up the first win of his second temporary spell in charge this season, with a 2-1 victory over Wolves last weekend.
With back to back home games now coming up against Barnsley and Millwall, Thompson is hoping that result can be a springboard for The Seasiders to begin to climb the Championship table.
“There were a lot of managers who we played at the start of the season, who said they’d like to finish near Blackpool at the end of the season,” said Thompson.
“It’s the same bunch of players more or less. We’ve not had the ideal scenarios off the pitch with managers leaving, but that’s gone now. We’ve got to make sure that we go and show this league what we’re all about. We’ve had too many draws, but hopefully the result against Wolves will give them a big lift.
“It was just what we needed. You saw the reaction at the end of the game, and the reaction in the dressing room was just like Blackpool of old. They had that bounce and that spark back which was nice to see. It made it a nice weekend and it makes training this week more bubbly. They’ve got a spring in their step again.”
While visitors Barnsley may sit 22rd in the league at the moment, the Tykes are one of the form teams in the country. Under new manager David Flitcroft, the Yorkshire side have won four out of their last five matches.
“Flitty’s done well. He’s been number two with Hilly [Keith Hill] for a long time, but he’s come in and he’s playing a different sort of system.
“Their confidence is sky high at the moment. We had people watching them the other day, we know exactly what they are all about – they’re a very hard-working, honest team.
“We’ll go over what Barnsley do, but as much credit as we’re going to give Barnsley, I’m more concerned with how we play. That’s the big one for us – that we play well and play in a system with the movement that will hopefully get us three points on Saturday.”