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Thompson: Right Response

31 January 2015

Assistant Manager On Blackpool's Victory

Alan Thompson was pleased to see Blackpool bounce back in the right manner with three points against Brighton this afternoon.

The Seasiders' assistant boss was delighted to see last weekend's heavy defeat at Watford put to 'bed' quickly, as Jamie O'Hara's stunning strike secured all three points. 

"For the manager, the staff and the players, it was probably one of the worst 45 minutes all of us had ever had at Watford. We had a big meeting on Monday and discussed it, and we got a lot out of that meeting," he said.

"We needed to put it to bed quickly after the way we played in the second-half at Watford, and we did. The boys responded with a win today."

O'Hara ran to Thompson to celebrate his winner in the 75th minute, with the latter demanding that sort of quality from the midfielder.

"We know what Jamie can do, he's capable of doing that. Previous to the goal, I think the first three or four had hit the first man. He was under a bit of pressure but we'll take three or four bad ones for a good one."

Manager Lee Clark opted to make three changes to the side, handing first starts to youngsters Dom Telford and Henry Cameron.  

"Two young lads started and gave us a bit of enthusiasm, energy and some quality, then Mark Waddington also came on and did the same. It's difficult when you're putting young lads in in our predicament at the bottom of the table but credit to them, they handled it well," Thompson said.

It's now back-to-back home wins for Blackpool, with the challenge of staying up still alive. 

"Many people have written us off but we're going to keep going. We've got a decent home record but we need to try and pick up a few points on the road as well," Thompson added.

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