In a week that saw Yeovil and Barnsley get relegated, the Tangerines came out on top against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday after goals from Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie gave the away side a much needed 2-0 win.
Wigan dominated play in the first half and were awarded a controversial penalty after 19 minutes when Tony McMahon made minimal contact with Sean Maloney in the penalty area. Martyn Waghorn took the penalty but it was saved by Gilks as he made a superb diving save to his left.
Wigan were unable to capitalise on their chances for the rest of the half and the sides went in level at half time.
However Blackpool came out fighting in the second half and were ahead on 60 minutes. Isaiah Osbourne`s cross after some fantastic work from Chris Basham was met by the head of Andy Keogh and his quality header flew into the corner.
The Seasiders doubled their advantage on 70 minutes after Stephen Dobbie met Andy Keogh`s cross and powered his shot into the back of the net.
Chairman Karl Oyston bought 3000 season ticket holders tickets for the game, with another 1000 Blackpool fans showing up on top of that. It was a wonderful display, as the majority of fans showed up in their tangerine colours and were fully behind the team. Oyston was clearly trying to make up for his errors this season by rewarding fans with free tickets. He`ll have to go a lot further than that to make up for his poor running of the club this season however.
The win lifts Blackpool out of the bottom three and onto 46 points in 18th, three ahead of Birmingham who are third from bottom but with a game in hand. Above them sit Doncaster on 44 and then Millwall and Charlton (who also have a game in hand) on 45. It`s certainly tight, but the win against Wigan was massive and certainly gives Pool a fighting chance of staying up on the final day.
Birmingham play Wigan at home on Tuesday 29th and then Bolton at home in the final game of the season. If they lose these two, Blackpool are surely safe. Birmingham haven`t won in four games.
Charlton play Watford at home on Tuesday 29th and face the Tangerines on the final day. If Charlton win their game in hand they may be already safe by the time they play Blackpool. If not. It`s all to play for come Saturday 3rd May.
Millwall face Bournemouth at home on the last day of the season which will be no easy game. However, Bournemouth have nothing to play for whereas Millwall have everything to play for.
Doncaster face a very tough game at Leicester in their final game, but again the already Champions have nothing to play for. Leicester`s quality cannot be underestimated though. They are the best team in the division and have to be favourites in that game. Still, as Blackpool have proven anything can happen.
Blackpool have to give their all against Charlton in the final game of their season. It all depends on what other teams do in their games in hand and on the final day while Pool are playing to outline the result Blackpool will need to get.
Let`s get behind the team for the final game and hope they have it in them to stay up after what`s been a terrible season.