Stephen Crainey is hoping Blackpool can get a new era off to the best possible start, as they look forward to tomorrow’s visit of Bolton Wanderers.
Saturday will mark the beginning of Michael Appleton’s reign in charge at Bloomfield Road, after the former Portsmouth boss was appointed on Wednesday. Despite having only a couple of sessions on the training pitch since, Crainey believes the boss has made a positive first impression with his new players.
“Yeah, he seems really good. It’s been difficult for him coming after the game on Tuesday with another on Saturday, we’ve not really had that much time to train,” Crainey said.
“He’s told us that he’ll look to implement his philosophy on us gradually over the next few weeks, and I’m sure he’ll do that.
“He wants us to just carry on as normal, but we’re looking to be a bit more solid, especially when we’re going forward. He wants to make sure we tighten up and fill any gaps in defence.
“It’s not been the easiest week, what with Ian Holloway moving to Crystal Palace, but we’ve moved on from that. We’ve got a new gaffer in and I’m really looking forward to working with him. As one of the senior players I’ll take that extra bit of responsibility to keep everybody going. We’ll all get right behind the gaffer and hopefully we’ll get a few results to get us up that table.”
Fixtures against the Trotters are traditionally never dull affairs, with Blackpool winning the last game 4-3 in May 2011. While the full-back would prefer a tighter defensive display this time around, the 31-year-old is confident the Tangerines can emerge on top.
“Bolton are a good side, and obviously being a derby game as well there is a lot at stake. It’ll be a great atmosphere and we’ll be looking for the three points.
“Even at Bolton in the Premier League it was 2-2, a really tough game. We were 2-0 up and then ended up drawing. Then obviously the game here was the 4-3. It’ll be another tight match tomorrow and hopefully we can get one more goal than them and come out with the victory.”