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MacKenzie Happy With Debut

Posted: Mon 04 Mar 2013
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Defender Puts In Man Of The Match Display

Gary MacKenzie was delighted to get straight down to business with an appearance and clean sheet against Bristol City on Saturday. 

Despite arriving late on Friday evening without a training session with the lads, the debutant starred in the back four as he put in a Man of the Match performance. 

The 27-year-old, who joined The Seasiders on loan from MK Dons, was pleased with how things panned out. 

"I think it's best sometimes just to get thrown straight in and just settle yourself straight away. I think I did myself justice," he said.

"The game was a bit scrappy but I don't think we were under any trouble really. As a defender I thought we were pretty sound."

The move to Bloomfield Road came as a bit of a surprise but he's delighted to be at the club and has found it easy to settle in, with a number of Scots in the dressing room. 

"If someone is offering you the chance to play at a higher level then you've got to take it. It was news to me in the morning but once the opportunity came up I was keen to take it. 
 
"I already know five or six of the lads, I was away with Scotland and I met a few of them and I know Barry from being at Rangers years ago and Kirk from being about the scene. Familiar faces help you settle in straight away."

All attentions now turn to away fixtures against Birmingham City and Watford this week, with MacKenzie relishing the games ahead. 

"It'll be a tough couple of games but as a footballer those are the games you want to play in. I'm confident we can pick up some points," he added.