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Appleton: Let's Keep This Run Going

Posted: Fri 07 Dec 2012
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Seasiders Set For Palace

Michael Appleton wants The Seasiders to try and stretch their unbeaten run further when they head to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The players are currently unbeaten in their last six league fixtures, five of which have been under the new manager, while Palace sit second in The Championship table.

The game is likely to attract plenty of interest due to former Pool manager Ian Holloway now being in charge of The Eagles, yet a big three points is at the top of Appleton's agenda.

"If we can get three points I'll be absolutely delighted, it doesn't matter who it is against," he admitted. "Everyone else is going to play the game up, probably a little bit more than a normal game between Palace and Blackpool, understandably.

"It's a big, big game because we want to go there and keep an unbeaten run going and they're up there at the top of the league, and deservedly so. Until this point they've been one of the two most consistent teams in the division, and that's why they are where they are. They've got a lot of talent, especially in the wide areas that we need to nullify if we can.

"I think from a fans' point of view they'll be desperate for the players to do well, and I'm sure that will add a little bit of extra spice to the atmosphere. But from a game point of view, we know what their strengths and weaknesses are and we'll try and nullify their strengths and open them up on their weaknesses."

Gary Taylor-Fletcher trained for the first time yesterday but he remains a doubt for this game. Ian Evatt (knee) and Matt Phillips (toe) will definitely miss out, as will the suspended Chris Basham. 

"I think a big, massive loss on Saturday is going to be Chris Basham because he's been fantastic in the five games I've been at the football club," Appleton said. "He's played a certain role which you have to have a lot of discipline for - I've asked him to sit in front of the back four - and I thought he was outstanding at Peterborough doing that role. Those are going to be big boots to fill on Saturday."

Over 750 fans purchased tickets for the match at Selhurst Park prior to tickets going off-sale, but supporters can still pay on the day.