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Rae On 'Good Workout'

28 July 2013

Assistant Manager Confident Heading Into Season

The Seasiders may have suffered defeat in their final pre-season game before the start of the season, but Alex Rae was pleased with the overall performance against Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

The only goal came after five minutes when Shola Ameobi volleyed home following Mike Williamson's knock down, but Blackpool responded well after the opening 15 minutes and had plenty of chances to equalise as the game wore on.

"I think we equipped ourselves quite well," said Rae.

"We've obviously got a fresh couple of faces up front, which has given everybody a lift and it was a very good workout.

"The first 15 minutes I thought we struggled to get to grips with Newcastle's movement, but the boys upped their game a little bit and started to assert themselves and we looked a threat from set plays.

"I think it was a really good workout against a really strong Newcastle team."

Pool started with a new look attack as they included Bobby Grant, Steven Davies and Michael Chopra in the starting line-up and the assistant manager admitted the signings of Davies and Chopra a few days ago came at an important time.

"It was a case of getting them in and trying to get a partnership going and it's very early doors. 

"We are going to do a couple of double sessions this week and try and implement our ideas into these guys and the way we want to play the game and hopefully there will be one or two additions to go into the season with as well because new boys do give us a lift.

"It was crucial to get them in over the last 48 hours or so because we didn't really have a recognised striker at the club other than Banvo (Anderson) and he's just a young kid so it is very positive. We can obviously work on a few more now because there was a lot of bodies that went out last year."

Despite seeing a fair amount of players leave over the summer, Rae is confident heading into the season opener at Doncaster next Saturday. 

"They have some really good players with good movement and it was good because it gets the boys to up their game as well and some of them were terrific today.

"You've seen today that we can equip ourselves quite well. We've got plenty of personnel to do a job in the short term, but we know long term that we need to get a few more in and have competition for places to offer some strength and depth."

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