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Jonsson: We must show our battling qualities to win the game

21 April 2016

Former Hearts man wants Town to handle the occasion properly

Eggert Jonsson believes Town will beat Blackpool on Saturday afternoon if they show their battling qualities at Highbury.

The Icelandic midfielder has been a key player for the Cod Army this season, and has impressed playing in front of the back four.

He is keen for the players to forget about Tuesday night’s setback at Millwall, and focus their attentions on the derby clash against the Tangerines.

Ahead of the game, he said: “It’s a massive game for both teams. We’ve just been recovering in training since Tuesday night’s defeat really and getting our minds set on this weekend’s game.

“It was obviously a disappointing result for us at Millwall as we felt we deserved something from the game. We need to take all the positives from it though.

“With all the chances we created we probably should have scored more, but like I say we have to take that play into the Blackpool game now.

“We need to bring our fighting and battling spirit to the game, and if we do that as well then I’m confident we’ll come out of it with a win.”

Jonsson’s experience could prove key on Saturday, and the former Hearts man has insisted Town must handle the occasion properly.

“It’s the first league derby between the two sides at Highbury, so it’ll be good to play in a great atmosphere in front of our fans.

“We know what Blackpool will be like and I think it’s going to be a battle more than anything. Both teams will be fighting for every ball and tackles will fly in.

“They’re not going to be easy to play against but in these sort of games it’s usually the team that handles the occasion the best that wins.”

A win this weekend would prove massive for Steven Pressley’s side, and Jonsson is hoping they can put a smile on the fans’ faces with three points.

“For the local people and the fans it’s a massive game for them. We know what it means to them and we want to make sure we give them the bragging rights.

“They deserve that after their support this season, and I’m confident that we’re going to do that for them on Saturday afternoon.”

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