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Basham: FA Cup Relief

Posted: Fri 03 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Midfielder on distraction from The Championship

Blackpool’s Chris Basham expects the FA Cup will provide a welcome break from The Championship, as he prepares to face his former club Bolton.

The utility man is likely to return to the side after serving a one-match suspension at Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day.

The Seasiders are without a win in seven matches, but with Bolton’s form far from impressive too, a close game is expected at The Reebok Stadium.

“It’s a game we can go into and maybe win 4-0, it’s a free game,” said Basham.

“We have to go there, forget the run of form we are in and try to win the game. It will be good to go there and get a smile back on our faces.

“Bolton aren’t playing well themselves, so it could be a good time to go there and play them.”

Basham has experienced the Blackpool versatility more than most this season, and could play in the defence or midfield tomorrow.

With suspensions and injuries continuing, Basham explained he is happy to play anywhere, but the middle of the park is preferable.

“If someone gets suspended that gives me a clue of what position I’m going to play.

“I’d love a little run in the midfield; I played there against Leeds and really enjoyed it.

“Going right-back is tough sometimes, but as long as I’m playing I’ll work my heart out and give my all.”

Tomorrow the 25-year-old will return to where it all began. Basham made 21 appearances for The Trotters, before his move to Bloomfield Road, so always relished a return.

“It’s a game I always look forward to. I have a lot of fond memories there and a lot of friends. 

“It is a good place to go and play, they have a big pitch.

“I got took off there after about 60 minutes last season there, so I’ll be hoping to do better.

“I want to go and show how I’ve played this season for Blackpool. I don’t know what position I’ll be in, but hopefully I’ll be involved,” said Basham.