Blackpool manager Lee Clark was delighted with two aspects of his team’s performance in the draw against Fulham.
Clark will be looking for a repeat of the qualities this weekend, when the Tangerines go to Leeds United, which is one of the most difficult grounds to go to for any away side.
“They've set a standard. When it was 11 v 11 they showed they could stick to a game plan and frustrated our opponents, as well as be a massive threat on the break. We scored two and we could have scored more,” said Clark.
Blackpool will need a strong game plan in the match against Leeds because Neil Redfearn’s side can hurt Clark’s players in a number of areas, which means they have to be on top of their game to get anything.
There is real pressure on Leeds at the moment to secure a win and that could work in Blackpool’s favour.
If they sit deep and defend well then frustration could start to spread among Leeds supporters and that gets onto the pitch, as the player start to feel the atmosphere and tension increasing.
Blackpool will play on the counter this weekend because if they go into the game playing open football, they will get picked off.
They need to utilise the space which Leeds leave behind when they attack and not get too high up the pitch, because Leeds have plenty of young and talented attacking players who are well suited to exploiting those sorts of mistakes.
It will be difficult for Blackpool but Clark’s comments suggest he feels the side have a small piece of momentum moving forward, which they can use to their advantage.