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Appleton: Approach Has To Be Right

Posted: Fri 30 Nov 2012
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Manager On Peterborough United Clash

Michael Appleton wants his players in the 'right frame of mind' if they are to go and get three points at Peterborough United.

The manager is guarding against complacency as The Seasiders prepare to face The Championship's bottom side, warning of the dangers when taking a team for granted.

"For me the sides at the bottom of the league are the dangerous ones," he said. "If the players go into the game thinking that it's going to be any easier than the last two or three games then we'll lose the game, end of story. This is the type of league where anyone can beat anyone - you only have to see what Bristol City did to Middlesbrough last weekend.

"We've got to go there in the right frame of mind, make sure that we approach the game as we have done in the last four games and hopefully get the rub of the green. I think you earn your own luck and luck comes your own way if you keep doing the right things. We haven't had much of it so far, we've got three senior players who would probably play week in, week out currently out of the team and we've had a couple of little penalty decisions not going our way.

"Peterborough are going to be pumped up and they'll see it as a chance to pick three points up with it being a home game. We'll be looking to try and hopefully get our first three points."

The Seasiders are currently on a five-game unbeaten run, with the last four results under the new manager being draws. Settling in to life at Bloomfield Road, Appleton admits that the club is currently in transition.   

"From an expectancy point of view, it is a transitional period for everyone because there's a new manager that has come into the building and there's a lot of players in the building," he said. "I've got to figure out who fits the bill in terms of working with me, and they've probably got to figure out whether I'm the right type of manager they'd like to stay around with.

"All I want to do is make sure that I start to build something at Blackpool, but I want to build it with cement and concrete, I don't want to do it with sand. Sometimes a manager comes in and wins the first half a dozen games or so and doesn't actually get to see what the good, the bad and the ugly are at a football club," he added.