Jay Spearing has praised the spirit and belief in the Blackpool dressing room that helped inspire an incredible comeback against Bradford City on Saturday.
The Seasiders, having dominated for large periods, conceded two goals against the run of play before hitting three goals in a dramatic last six minutes of normal time to win 3-2.
“Somehow we found ourselves 2-0 down, which was a bit of a shock. With the character, the spirit and the belief that this group has, we never give up. We got the result we deserved,” Spearing said.
“I’d honestly say that it was our making that they went 2-0 up, but we never let it affect us – we kept going and kept playing the way we did all day. Thankfully we got the three points.”
It was the midfielder, once again wearing the captain’s armband, who got the ball rolling from the penalty spot. He then levelled matters with a rebound from another spot-kick.
“After training I’ve been taking a couple to make sure that I know I can put them in the back of the net. I’ve got the two goals in one game and thankfully found the net,” he admitted.
The winner came from the unlikely source of Curtis Tilt, who threw himself up from the back to notch his first goal in 11 months.
“As soon as we got one back, he said, ‘let’s swap’ and I said, ‘go for it’,” Spearing revealed.
“We know how effective he is in the air and we tried to put the ball in behind and cause them problems. He’s put himself about, won the second penalty and finished off that winner. It was thoroughly deserved. Even the lads that came on showed the character and belief that we have in this group.”