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Appleton: City Are Dangerous Opponents

16 November 2012

Manager Wary Of The Robins

Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has warned his players about the dangers of facing Bristol City tomorrow.

The Robins have lost their last seven fixtures in The Championship and currently lie bottom of the table, yet that makes them unpredictable and a real threat.

"This weekend's probably going to be a more difficult task because, for me, we're facing dangerous opponents who are hurting at the moment," the manager said. "They're going through a tough, tough period and that makes them even more dangerous. This is a group of players that will be desperate for something to hang on to."

Appleton will come up against a former team-mate in the opposition dugout, with Derek McInnes in charge of first-team matters at Ashton Gate.

"I know Derek well, we played together at West Brom and even roomed together at West Brom," he said. "You don't want to see someone you know going through a tough period but, from my point of view, that will certainly go out of the window at 3pm on Saturday."

Having now been at Bloomfield Road for just over a week, Appleton is starting to make the subtle changes that he mentioned at his managerial unveiling. 

"Obviously it's going to take a bit of time to get the ins and outs of the way the place is run, but I think the lads have got a feel for what I'm about, what I tend to do in training and what I want from them, from a discipline point of view and an organisational point of view. My feet haven't really touched the ground yet but I'm sure that over the next couple of weeks it'll all slow down."

The only downside for the manager at the moment is the loss of two key players to injury, with both set to be out for several weeks of the campaign. 

"That's probably been the most disappointing thing about my first week in the job," he admitted. "Fletch had to go off at half-time on Saturday with a tear of his hamstring, which I think is only a grade one. I'm not too sure about the diagnosis as to how long he's going to be out but I'm guessing that it's going to be around the four-week period.

"Matt Phillips has got a slight tear to one of the joints in his big toe, which has been a problem for a couple of weeks. He may be out for a while for us, which is obviously a big, big disappointment because he's got a lot of quality. Him and Fletch are going to be massive misses for us," he added,

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