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Halstead Hopes To Take Opportunity

Posted: Sat 02 Feb 2013
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Keeper Comes Off Bench In Barnsley Loss

Mark Halstead hopes to take his opportunity to impress in unfortunate circumstances, following Matt Gilks' sending off against Barnsley. 

The Seasiders' number two, whose last appearance in a league game came against Chelsea in March 2011, appeared between the sticks for the final 24 minutes in the 2-1 defeat. 

With Gilks now set to serve a one-match suspension for his dismissal, the 22-year-old is set to feature against Millwall at Bloomfield Road next Saturday.

"It's been a long time coming because I've been waiting for Matt to have a drop in form, or for something like this to happen," he said. "He's been doing really well but obviously he's got sent off and I've got a chance at last.

"I work very closely with Matt and we get on very well away from football as well, as I'm sure most people know. I prepare the same as he does, apart from on a matchday. I always think I'm ready because we do the same training during the week so I always prepare as if I am playing."

Despite dominating possession and the opportunity stats, Blackpool once again found themselves on the wrong end of a result but Halstead believes the luck will eventually turn. 

"I'm sure it will come if the lads keep working hard. We've got more than enough talent in the dressing room," he added.