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Aldred: Clean Sheets A Big Platform

1 January 2017

Defender On Defensive Understanding

Tom Aldred says a greater understanding at the back is reaping its rewards for The Seasiders following another defensive shut-out. 

The team chalked up their seventh clean sheet in Sky Bet League Two yesterday with a 0-0 draw at Grimsby - their third consecutive one on the road.

That resilience is now guaranteeing at least a point from games and putting Blackpool in a strong position to record the right results.      

"As a back four we're getting to know each other better now, obviously myself and Clark have played a lot of games together. Clean sheets as a defender are what you want and what you strive for," Aldred said.

"Many a time this season we haven't been getting the rub of the green with the clean sheets, but we're getting them as a team now and it's a big, big platform to build off."   

Though the latest point at Blundell Park made it four from a possible six over the festive period, Blackpool could well have taken maximum points.  

"We had the better chances and were the team that sort of created more in front of goal," the defender insisted. "We've been unfortunate to not nick one, on another day we'd have got the penalty and the 'keeper for them has also had a really good game."

The focus must now immediately switch to another fixture tomorrow, with the players aiming to recharge the batteries quickly for the visit of Mansfield Town.  

"We'll have a cool down and then play Monday. It's a case of resting as quick as we can. Two games in three days is an ask but it's one of those that as players you just get on with," he added, 

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