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Derbyshire: We Want To Get Better

Posted: Thu 28 Feb 2013
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Striker Relishing Hard Work Ahead

Matt Derbyshire says that he and his Blackpool team-mates are prepared to do whatever it takes in order to get the best results out on the pitch.

Paul Ince has ushered in a new way of doing things since arriving at Bloomfield Road, with new methods including double training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Far from bemoaning about that extra work however, the 26-year-old striker says that the players have embraced the changes.

“It’s been good. As a player all you want to do is get better. The gaffer has been at the top of this game and he knows how he got better and how he can make people get better.  By listening to him and learning from him and what he’s done, you can only improve.”

Derbyshire will be well used to the methods of the former England captain, having also played under him at Blackburn Rovers. 

The striker featured in 18 of Ince’s 21 games in charge of the Lancashire club, and while results might not always have been ideal, Derbyshire says that he saw enough to believe that there is a bright managerial future ahead for the 45-year-old. 

“Obviously I’ve known him from my time at Blackburn and he’s a good manager. He knows how to work with the boys and I enjoyed my time with him last time. It’s always good to be playing under a manager who knows you.

“He hasn’t changed that much, he’s still the same manager and the same person. I think at Blackburn he didn’t get enough time, and that was wrong. I think now though at Blackpool he’ll get that time and I think he’ll show a lot of people what he can do.”

Saturday’s game against Bristol City will see the arrival of another manager who the attacker has first-hand knowledge of. Both Derbyshire and Robins’ manager Sean O’Driscoll started the season together at Nottingham Forest.

“I’ve worked under Sean O’Driscoll as well, and he’s a footballing person. It doesn’t matter whether he gets beat three or four nil, he just wants to get the ball down and play football, and fair play to him for that. 

“We’ve got to get our heads down and play our own game and hopefully we’ll get a good result. I thought we got a good point against Leicester, a fantastic point to be honest with you. Difficult circumstances with the pitch, but I think we made it hard for them, got it in behind them. Hopefully we can continue that on Saturday and get the three points.”