Jimmy Ryan was content to come away from Glanford Park with a point yesterday, as Blackpool extended their unbeaten run to five Sky Bet League One matches following a 0-0 draw against Scunthorpe United.
The venue has proved a notoriously difficult place to pick up positive results in the last 12 months, with Scunthorpe having had the second-best home record in the division last season.
“It’s a tough place to come, they’re a good side and obviously they were up there last season and I think they’ll be up there again this year,” Ryan said. “Not many teams will come here and take points, so we’ll take the point, move on and be happy with it.”
The performance was a well-organised and disciplined one from the Blackpool players, who worked hard in and out of possession.
“We work on our shape in training all week and we’ve got lads who are willing to work hard for everyone. We’re a good, tight group who will work hard and dig in for each other,” the skipper explained. “You could see that in the second-half, no one was slacking and everyone was pulling in the same direction. That gets you a long way.”
Though Blackpool had a couple of opportunities to win the encounter, the defensive unit at the other end held firm to keep a third clean sheet of the campaign.
“It’s always good to get a clean sheet because it grows confidence and for myself, when you know that you’re keeping goals out and you can nick a goal at any point, you get belief in the game. The longer it goes on you always get a chance,” the midfielder said.
Ryan has played an instrumental role in the team since signing for the club this summer, shielding the back four, retaining possession and influencing those around him. At 29, his experience is proving invaluable to a young squad.
“I don’t know how that’s happened all of a sudden – I still feel 21 in my head – but I turned 29 the other day and I’m obviously one of the senior ones now. I’ve got to try and help the young lads as much as I can, as well as learn myself and focus on myself by putting in the performances that I want,” he added.