Blackpool skipper Jay Spearing has revealed the details of a team meeting held before yet another draw at Burton Albion on Saturday.
The 0-0 stalemate left Blackpool ninth in League One after winning only two of their last twelve games and Spearing admitted their recent form has not been good enough.
Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Spearing believes too many players have slipped below the standards that saw them make an excellent start to the season, and in the clear the air meeting, he revealed boss Simon Grayson together with all the players had given an honest appraisal of where they were going wrong. He said: ‘We had a meeting before the Burton game with the gaffer and we all said we were playing at B- or B, with one or two playing at B+.’
‘If we want to kick on and be where we want to be at the end of the season, we need to start turning them into A’s and A+ grades.
The draw at the Pirelli Stadium was the Tangerines third in their last four games; something Spearing put down to his side playing at around seventy per cent of its capabilities.
Yet after playing for over half an hour with ten men following towering defender Curts Tilt’s dismissal, the Blackpool skipper was not too down about the outcome but promised that results would improve.
‘We could have nicked the three points, but you have to give credit to them – they’re a tough side’, he said, before adding, ‘But we’ve come away from home and lasted 30 to 35 minutes with ten men.’
‘If we show character like that every week we’ll have no problem this season.’
The Seasiders play free-scoring, second-placed Peterborough United on Saturday in one of the games of the day in League One and Blackpool fans will be hoping Spearing, and his teammates reach their levels. Otherwise, it could be a tough afternoon at Bloomfield Road.
Fans tend to admire honesty in a footballer and Spearing is as honest as the day is long.
Blackpool can beat anyone in the league on their day, but inconsistency is holding them back.
Grayson is coming under pressure from some fans, but it is clear from Spearing’s broader remarks that the squad is still behind the boss.
However, they need to start winning, starting with Posh on Saturday if their season is not going to hit the buffers in a very competitive league this season.