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MacKenzie Still Hurting

Posted: Fri 22 Nov 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

The defender is keen to erase Ipswich memory

Two weeks on and the manner of Blackpool’s painful defeat to Ipswich remains fresh in the memory of defender Gary MacKenzie, who is determined to put things right tomorrow.

Ahead of the Birmingham trip, the Scot admits the international break will have done the injury-hit squad good, if not given his piece of mind.

“It’s been good having a few days off, the squad has seen the benefit of it, we’ve got a few more bodies back in the training pitch, but from a football point of view you don’t really want to wait too long after a poor performance like we had, you want to get back as quick as possible,” said MacKenzie.

“It’s a double ended sword, you’re glad to get a rest, but you’re champing at the bit to get back on the field and rectify the wrong last Saturday.

“As a footballer I’d rather be playing games than just training all week. When you’ve got a bit of momentum and you’re playing well you bounce from game to game.

“However, overall it is good to have a break to recharge the batteries and get some bodies back to freshen it up again.”

The centre-half has had to deal with defensive changes almost on a gamely basis, but paid tribute to his team mates who have showed their versatility in recent weeks.

“You want the back four to be solid and the same, but to be fair we’ve not really had that all season, but we’ve just had to deal with it.

“I’m happy sitting fourth in the league, but the last game is still fresh in my memory. For 70 odd minutes we did our jobs, but a lapse and we lost some sloppy goals - That is the type of person I am. Until I get it out of my head it lingers, so I’m still desperate to get back on the pitch with the boys and put right those last 15 minutes.

“Hopefully we can put a good performance in on Saturday and just start putting in decent performances and along with that you get the right results,” he said.