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Lewis: We've Set The Benchmark

14 September 2014

Stopper On First Clean Sheet

Saturday's goalless draw not only gave Blackpool their first point of the season, but it also provided Joe Lewis with his first clean sheet for the club.

The stopper, aided by an impressive display from his back four, kept Wolves at bay, as The Seasiders got off the mark for the campaign

Lewis was at his best to deny Rajiv Van La Parra in the first half, as Pool dragged themselves off the bottom of The Championship.

“We're not getting carried away, it is only a point, and we're still in a difficult position, but we feel like we're just getting started now,” said Lewis.

“It was a real team effort. I didn't have too many saves to make against a good team, and you could see what it meant to the lads and the fans after the game, we're delighted.

“You're going to get at least a point if you keep a clean sheet, and that's what we said to ourselves at the start of the game.”

For the first time this season Blackpool held firm around the half-hour mark, which Lewis believes was integral to the overall result.

“We were aware of it. Around about that mark I spoke to Clarkey to make sure we were focused and got everyone going. We needed nobody switching off and we limited them to very few chances really.

“One header in the first half and a few shots just about reached me. It was a pleasing performance all round for the whole team.”

The stopper has now called on Blackpool to build on this positive result, and go one better against Watford on Tuesday evening.

“We can take loads of positive from the game, and that is the benchmark we've given ourselves now. We know we can play to that standard, so anything below that won't be good enough from now on.

“We've had a difficult start, but we've taken a point from a good team, so it gives us a little belief that we can really give it a go.

“We know that's the level of commitment we need now, to graft out points like that will lead to wins I'm sure,” said Lewis.

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