Daniel Ballard continues to earn rave reviews on his loan spell at Blackpool, after helping them to yet another clean sheet on Tuesday.

Sky Bet League One - Sunderland vs Blackpool - Stadium of Light - Daniel Ballard of Blackpool at full time (Photo via Imago Images)
Sky Bet League One – Sunderland vs Blackpool – Stadium of Light – Daniel Ballard of Blackpool at full time (Photo via Imago Images)

Blackpool had a huge game in their fight for a playoff spot on Tuesday, facing fellow playoff contenders Sunderland away from home.

With only a few games left in the season, every point counts right now. Arsenal loanee Daniel Ballard started the match, and he ensured his team took home all three.

Ballard made eight clearances, three interceptions and blocked one shot on the defensive end, as well as completing 84% of his passes. Blackpool kept a vital clean sheet to secure a 1-0 victory, their 12th clean sheet in Ballard’s 24 games.

The win puts 5th-place Blackpool on the verge of making the playoffs, particularly as they have a game in hand on the teams directly above and below them and face two sides in the relegation zone in their final three games.

But Arsenal fans will primarily be concerned with how Ballard is doing. I asked the Blackpool fans for their thoughts on Tuesday and they were more than a bit complimentary.

If Ballard can help Blackpool achieve promotion, it may well be worth sending him back for another season. Either way, it looks like a step up to a higher division is on the cards for the centre-back.

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