By defeating fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic, Blackpool have now kept their slim hopes of Championship survival. The return of striker Jerry Yates from a hamstring injury was triumphant as he netted within two minutes of the game following an error from Wigan's Thelo Aasgaard.
In his first home game in charge after Mick McCarthy's departure, interim manager Stephen Dobbie's boys earned victory with the help of Jerry Yates' 14th goal of the season. Blackpool easily handled Wigan's notoriously weak attack, resulting in only their third win in their previous 25 league games. With these three crucial points, they are now just four points behind Cardiff City, who lost their earlier Saturday kick-off against Sheffield United.
As it stands, if Wigan fail to grab 3 points against Stoke City at the Bet365 on Tuesday night and results elsewhere go against them, they could face relegation in the midweek before facing promotion contenders Millwall at the DW on Saturday afternoon. The relegation looks to come from quite a number of factors from poor form, poor quality, a recent points deduction and especially the concession of negative results under Kolo Toure's reign as manager - but ultimately it seems the players and squad are just not currently good enough for Championship football. It appears League One once again beckons for the Latics unless luck can find their side.
Wigan will need a lot of results to go their way and will need to pick up a minimum of 3 wins in their next 4 games to have any chance of survival. Regardless of which League they are in next season, whether that be League One or somehow by miracle playing Championship football, both Blackpool and Wigan seem to both need huge rebuilds in the summer to avoid further performance struggles on and off the pitch and surrounding the respective clubs.