Defender Excited By Fulham Clash
Kirk Broadfoot says he is looking forward to the challenge of playing Premier League opposition tomorrow, as Blackpool travel to London to take on Fulham in the FA Cup third round.
Having already featured in the Champions League and UEFA Cup while at Rangers, Saturday's game at Craven Cottage will provide the defender with the opportunity to appear in another of the game's most revered competitions.
Although some may feel the FA Cup may have lost some of it's sparkle over recent years, Broadfoot refuses to see the fixture as an unwanted distraction.
"I'm really looking forward to it. It's always good to play against a team like Fulham and to test yourself against some of the best players in the world - and you can definitely say that about the likes of [Dimitar] Berbatov, he's definitely up there. It'll be a good game, a nice stadium to play in and a nice pitch, so it's a game we're all looking forward to.
"Personally it'll be nice to play in the FA Cup. It's a big trophy and a competition that I have always watched when I was in Scotland. We'll go there looking to do well - it'll be a difficult game and obviously Fulham are favourites, but I know the manager will have us well drilled and ready to go."
Making his FA Cup debut will be another in a season of firsts for the 28-year-old, who became a permanent fixture at the heart of The Seasiders' back-line towards the end of 2012. The volume of games played over the festive period was also an unfamiliar test for Broadfoot, and while results didn't always go in their favour, the centre-half says he has been content with Pool's performance levels over recent weeks.
"It's been a busy one for me, which is something I'm not really used too, but I've enjoyed it. Obviously results didn't go the way we planned, but I think performance wise - apart from the first half at Middlesbrough - we've been decent.
"In the Huddersfield game - the first half in that was probably the best we've played since I came into the side. I thought we were great that day, but obviously we ended up drawing. Then we went to Middlesbrough and shot ourselves in the foot by conceding early on from a set-piece, and it was an uphill battle from there. I thought in the second half, at 2-0 down, we did well to dig deep and almost got back into it.
"Hull was a very difficult game against a side that was doing very well. It was a good point though, and I think defensively it was very good. It's hard for us in the final third because we have players who like to run with the ball and they find it hard to do that on our pitch. Both sides couldn't really create and it ended up being pretty dull."