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Appleton Hoping To Continue Run

Posted: Fri 21 Dec 2012
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Manager Expecting A Tough Test Tonight

Michael Appleton is looking forward to getting stuck into what is a typically hectic Christmas schedule that sees The Seasiders play four matches in the space of 12 days.

The Seasiders welcome Wolves tonight to Bloomfield Road and the manager is expecting a tough match against a side that was only relegated from the Premier League last season.

"If you look at the games they've lost, I think pretty much all of them have just been by the odd goal," said Appleton. 

"I can't recall anyone trouncing them and I'll be very surprised if that happens between now and the end of the season because they are a 4-4-2 outfit who are very solid, they keep their shape and they've got quality in there with people who can hurt you."

Due to the weather, the Blackpool squad has been unable to train at the training ground this week, but when asked if that has hampered preparations for tonight's game Appleton said his side will be as prepared as normal.

"I remember spending 12 months at my previous football club and we said we'd create a 'no excuse' culture and I think that's the way it's got to be. We get on with it and we deal with it."

Since joining the club Appleton has had to contend with injuries and suspensions aplenty. This week has provided its own complications with a couple of players being struck down with illness just a day before the game, but as has been the case over the past few weeks the manager knows there are players who are capable of stepping in and performing.

"People who have come in recently have done ever so well. I hope I've got some big decisions to make come the game tonight as that's part and parcel of management and you're paid to make big decisions. 

"Hopefully my hand isn't forced but I'm sure who ever does play, like we've seen over the past seven games, will put a very good performance in and one that everyone will be proud of."

The Seasiders go into tonight's game without defeat in their past eight games, but Appleton is refusing to get carried away, knowing that we are only half way through the season after tonight's games. 

"I'm obviously delighted but there's such a long way to go. I always said it's about picking the points up, whether it's one point or three. 

"If you can't get three you take one and you move on very very quickly and the next game is usually only a few days around the corner.

"You've got to continue to do that until around about the March/April time and that's when you separate the men from the boys.

"The boys in the top six at the minute are obviously doing very well but they will know that if they take their foot off the pedal then there will be teams behind them ready to pull them back."