Skipper's Rallying Call
Gary MacKenzie has demanded Blackpool find their killer instinct, as they look to make amends for Saturday’s defeat when Derby County visit Bloomfield Road this evening.
The Seasiders have scored a single goal or less in every game since November, which has proved costly on a number of occasions.
Their single goal wasn’t enough against Yeovil Town on Saturday, adding extra importance to this evening’s game.
“This season we’ve never had breathing space in a game where we can relax. It makes every game mentally tough because you’re concentrating from start to finish, so over the course of a season you become tired,” said MacKenzie.
“We don’t score anywhere near enough goals. We’re always relying on keeping clean sheets to win games. You’re constantly on your guard at 1-0 up because you know you’re only a goal away from the game spinning full circle, and that has happened a lot this season.
“You end up physically and mentally drained because you’re putting so much into games and getting nothing out of them.”
Now they’ll look to overcome high-flying Derby, who look pretty assured of their play-off position come May.
Pool have showed in recent weeks that they’re capable of competing with the better teams in this league, and they’ll have to do the same today.
“You could see at QPR they couldn’t get through and we restricted to shots from distance. It doesn’t matter where you play, as long as you’re well organised and people are speaking on the pitch then teams are going to struggle against you.
“We didn’t deserve to lose at Bolton either, we restricted them for the majority to more or less nothing.
“Hopefully we can just finish this season off, get ourselves safe, and Baz can decide what way he wants to play and hopefully it brings a lot more goals, because we haven’t scored anywhere near enough.”