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Ludo: We'll Raise Our Game

Posted: Fri 18 Jan 2013
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Midfielder Predicts Good Display Against Cardiff

Ludovic Sylvestre believes that playing quality opposition will bring the best out of Blackpool, as they prepare to take on league leaders Cardiff City tomorrow.

The Seasiders were unfortunate to exit the FA Cup at the hands of Fulham on Tuesday night, but the Frenchman believes that there were plenty of positives in their performance to take into Saturday’s tea-time fixture.

"I think we have to take it as an example of what we’re capable of and keep going. Although we didn’t win, we did very well and now we have another big opponent coming up in Cardiff City. Hopefully we can put in another good performance and get a good result.

"It’s always easier for us to play against teams who try to play. As you can see from the Fulham game, they tried to play as well so it became a good game for the fans to watch and also for us to play in. We know that Cardiff have a good side, they have good players and their own big names, so hopefully it will be a good game.”

With Blackpool yet to make a decision on a new permanent manager, Steve Thompson will again take charge of the Tangerines this weekend. At such a potentially unsettling time, Sylvestre has praised the caretaker boss for keeping the players’ minds focused on the challenges ahead.

"Thommo knows everything about the club and he’s a good guy as well. At the minute he is the manager and so we have to believe in what he is saying.

"He hasn’t changed much, but he obviously has his own philosophy as well. Both the last manager and Holloway wanted us to play our football and I think that is the best way for us.

“We don’t know what is going to happen in the future, but we all have to keep going and get ready for the games coming up.”