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Halliday: One Cup Final Left

2 May 2014

Andy Determined To Get Job Down

Andy Halliday is determined to see Blackpool get the job done in their last 'cup final' of the season against Charlton tomorrow.

The Seasiders require at least a point to guarantee Championship safety, having secured a vital three points against Wigan Athletic last weekend.

"We need to go again on Saturday because it's a big one. I said a few weeks ago that we had five cup finals to go, and it's down to one now," the 22-year-old said.

"We need to be concentrated because there will be no complacency from our side. We need to go out and show the same level of performance that we have in the past few weeks."

Four points from a possible six brought the battle to stay up back in Blackpool's hands, with the aim now to finish the job off without relying on results below.   

"It's a lot more promising situation than it was last week and a couple of weeks before. That's all down to us, the staff and the fans because we've all bound together and managed to get some positive results. That's credit to us, but the job's not done yet. We know that we need at least a point, but we'll be going out to get some early goals and try and get the win."

Halliday has been happy to feature at left-back again in recent weeks in an effort to help the team, despite it not being his favoured position.   

"I'm just happy to be playing and happy to be doing a job and trying to help out in anyway I can," he admitted. "I certainly don't see left-back as my position but I've got my head down and got on with it. Thankfully we've managed to pick up some good results."

Charlton will arrive at Bloomfield Road having secured their divisional status in midweek, but that doesn't mean Blackpool can take anything for granted. 

"At Middlesbrough two years ago we were in the last play-off place and we played Doncaster at home who were already relegated. We had to win to stay in the play-off spot, but we actually drew with them 0-0. Teams that sometimes have nothing to play for have a lot less expectation and nervousness, so they can just go out there and do their stuff."

Backed by 3,600 fans at the DW Stadium last weekend, a big atmosphere is required tomorrow to spur the team on to a big result.

"We need the same level of backing because the fans were excellent last weekend. Hopefully they turn out in their numbers and get behind us to push us over the line," Halliday added.

 

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