Blackpool boss Lee Clark took the positives from his side’s 1-1 draw with Bolton despite them missing the chance to chalk up just their second Championship win of the season.
Lee Chung-yong’s late leveller for Bolton denied the rock-bottom Seasiders, who remain ten points adrift of safety.
Blackpool, whose only league victory this term remains the 1-0 triumph against Cardiff on October 3, took the lead on 75 minutes through on-loan striker Jacob Murphy.
But Clark was undeterred in his belief that Blackpool will avoid the drop despite South Korea international Lee’s hammer blow.
“I was delighted with many aspects of the game,” said Clark. “You’re frustrated by conceding when you’re so close to getting a result, but it is fine margins.
“That performance is the standard-bearer now and, if we produce games like that between now and the end of the season, we will gain points on the teams above us and that’s our target. We have to start breathing down some teams necks.
“We’ve got to get wins, not for me but to just start cutting the points. I’m even more confident now than when I walked in because I believe the players are fitter and they have more confidence and that can only improve because we’re going to continue with the fitness work and tactical work and we need them to become a better team and get results.
“The international break was the best thing that could have happened to us because it meant I could give them a mini pre-season.”
Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half, Jacob Mellis’ deflected effort for Blackpool and Lee for Bolton, but the game lit up in the final 15 minutes.
Firstly Murphy dusted himself down to fire home a superb right-footed free-kick before the ball broke to Lee on 82 minutes, and the winger fired low past Joe Lewis and into the bottom corner.
“I thought we were very rusty the first 20 minutes,” said Bolton boss Neil Lennon. “Once we found our feet in the game we were fine.
“We lost a goal - it was a brilliant free kick - and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say well done son.
“I thought our reaction was excellent. We dominated the second half and we were good value at least for a point.
“I’m disappointed that we haven’t come here and won with the form that we’ve been showing.
“I think that’s a measure of where we’ve come so quickly. There were aspects of our play that didn’t please me but there are aspects that did and maybe we just need to get on that roll again.
“You have to remember that Blackpool are scrapping for their lives and there is a structure to the way that Lee has them set up.”