Defenders Flourishing On The Pitch
Craig Cathcart admits playing alongside youngster Harrison McGahey has got the best out of his own game in recent weeks.
The two centre halves have played together for the last three games, where Pool have conceded just two goals, both from outside of the penalty area.
McGahey, 18, has stepped up to first team action and Cathcart believes the partnership has worked well for both parties.
“I’ve had to take a bit more initiative because he is inexperienced at this level,” said Cathcart. “You have to talk him through the game a bit, but Harrison has come in and made things a bit easier to be honest.
“To be fair he has been a credit to himself. He hasn’t looked out of place at all, he has come, been comfortable and composed, and he has definitely helped us along the way. He is a confident lad, he says the right things when he needs to.
“He has good ability, it was just whether the time was right putting him in, but obviously the coaching staff made the decision to put him in and it has paid off.”
The duo are set to line up next to each other again on Saturday, as Blackpool aim to cement their Championship status for another season with a positive result.
The situation was made easier with Blackpool’s victory at Wigan, but Cathcart has insisted that the players won’t be taking things easy on Saturday.
“The job is not done yet, we’re not mathematically safe, we’ll be looking to do a job on Charlton and get three points. All season we’ve gone into games trying to win and Saturday will be no different, we’ll not be looking for a point, because you sit back and it can work against you.
“It’s in our hands, so it depends on what we do. If we go out and get a result we know we’ll be definitely safe.
“I personally try not to look at the table, and luckily enough we’ve had a lot of good performances recently, we’ve picked up crucial points at an important part of the season, but there is still work to be done.
“If you get a good base at the back it makes things easier and we’ve created a lot more chances recently, so things are looking well for Saturday.”
The Northern Ireland international is set to make it 32 appearances for the season at the weekend, his best yet in a tangerine shirt, something which has benefited the 25-year-old.
“Over the last few years I’ve played quite a few games for Blackpool, and when I’ve been fit this season I’ve usually played, which is obviously important for me at this age.
“I had a few injuries at the start of the season and it obviously took a while to get back in the team, but to be fit for the last four or five months has been pleasing for me and I feel I’m finishing the season quite strong,” said Cathcart.