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Evatt believes Blackpool have the momentum

Blackpool defender Ian Evatt believes Blackpool are heading to the play-offs with momentum, after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Derby County ensured the Tangerines will extend their season.

"It's a phenomenal achievement to get there again, but it's only half the job done," said the 30-year-old. "We've got a long way to go yet, but we've got momentum and we are going to take some stopping.

"We've kept five clean sheets out of six and the one goal we conceded (in a 1-1 draw at Barnsley) was a total fluke. If we can keep clean sheets, our forward players will always score because when they're at it, they're hard to stop."

Evatt was part of Blackpool’s promotion winning side in 2010, as was Matthew Gilks, who believes Blackpool’s previous experience in the play-offs will serve them well.

"We've got a history in these play-offs," he said. "I don't think any team, whoever it may be, will want to come here and face us, with our dogged determination and our ability to finish teams off."

Blackpool will be joined by Southampton or West Ham, Birmingham, who booked their place last weekend, and either Cardiff or Middlesborough.

By Dean Mears

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