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MacKenzie Raring To Go

4 February 2014

Defender targets three points on Saturday

Gary MacKenzie has targeted this weekend's clash with Nottingham Forest as the game he hopes Blackpool will turn their season around.

The Scot returned to the side for the defeat at Blackburn, but has seen enough in training the last two days to not doubt the commitment in the squad.

The Seasiders are winless since November, but have something to build on at Bloomfield Road, after an impressive performance over Doncaster ten days ago.

"We can't possibly put the effort in that we have, and not get something from it," said MacKenzie.

"If you don't believe it's going to turn around  then I don't think it ever will. I think every time we go on the pitch we can win the game, and the boys are in the same mindset. We need to keep believing and it will turn, hopefully we can put in a good performance, roll up our sleeves and take our chances on Saturday. 

"Judging by the performance against Doncaster, the lads were desperately unlucky and they gave everything they had. It isn't a lack of effort or commitment, training has been high-tempo, sharp stuff, but the boys have responded well. 

"We just need a win, regardless of how we play, then the monkey is off our backs and we can relax again. If you're losing games it becomes a habit, just like at the start of the season we were winning."

The Scot had missed the last three games with an ankle injury, before the trip to Blackburn.

However, with the loss of Jack Robinson, MacKenzie was thrown straight back into the action at Ewood Park, and held out for the whole 90 minutes.

"My ankle was OK for about 80 minutes, then it felt a wee bit sore, which was expected having rushed myself back a bit. It settled down OK, I spent Sunday with an ice bucket. I managed to train Monday and Tuesday, without many problems.

"Obviously it was frustrating how the game went, but from my point of view I was just glad to get through the 90 minutes.

"I'll be training for the rest of the week, so I should be sharper on Saturday. I hadn't trained before the game, so felt a wee bit sluggish. Hopefully I'll be sharper and we can get a good result this weekend," he said.

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