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Rae: Application Was First Class

15 September 2013

Assistant Manager Praises Character

Alex Rae had high praise for every player in a white shirt on Saturday as The Seasiders recorded their fifth win from six league games with a 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

The result was even more impressive by the fact that Blackpool had to play for over 30 minutes with ten men after Jack Robinson received his second yellow card of the game for an accidental trip on Ryan Fraser.

"I thought it was a magnificent performance," said Rae.

"I thought the boys were excellent from start to finish and they showed a lot of character today.

"It's difficult to play against a team like Bournemouth, who pass the ball about well and they're always looking to get overloads down the flank but the work rate and application from the boys was first class."

The win at the Goldsands Stadium ensured it was Blackpool's best start to a league season and the assistant manager believed that the timings of the goals yesterday were huge in helping them towards another three points.

"They are important times (to score) because it gives you time to get the confidence and work your way into the game with that lead. As I said I thought the boys were absolutely magnificent.

"I think it's a phenomenal achievement (the start); we had a tough preparation in the summer trying to get bodies in, with about 40 trialists coming in over the six weeks or so. 

"It has been tough but we are pleased with the squad of players that we've got and what we bring to the table is a very competitive bunch. I think on behalf of all the staff the fans we are very happy with them today."

Neal Bishop was given high praise once again for his all-action performance, which saw him start the game on the left-wing, ending it at left-back and also netting his first for the Club, which turned out to be the winner.

With another long trip coming up in midweek, Rae admits that now is the time for rest and recuperation as Blackpool look to continue their fine start.

"I think first a foremost we need to regroup and get ready to go to Millwall. I played there for years so I know what to expect down there so we need to dust ourselves down, get the boys recovered and obviously go again on Tuesday.

"There's no injuries as such - there's just tired limbs. 30 minutes against a team that passes the ball for fun is a hard shift and there is a few tired legs so it's important that the staff and the medical staff behind us get them ready to go again because you can be sure that Tuesday night will be a difficult game."

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