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Thompson: Fond Memories

3 April 2015

Assistant Previews Bolton Game

Alan Thompson returns to a place where he has 'fond memories' this weekend with the sole aim of seeing Blackpool replicate their recent performance against Leeds United.

The Seasiders' assistant boss spent five years as a player with Bolton Wanderers and achieved promotion to Division One with the club on two occasions. However, sentiment will go out of the window as Blackpool aim to end the campaign in better form.

"I'm looking forward to going back, I've not been back since I've been on the coaching side," he said. "We've got to go and get positive results and positive performances from now until the end of the season. If we can do what we did against Leeds, which is what we're looking to do with a similar system and personnel, then we can get some good results.

"We've got four weeks to go and get some good results and hopefully we can do that. Come the summer we'll hopefully get some fresh faces in and start positively and on the right foot at the end of June."

Blackpool will be boosted by the return of Jamie O'Hara for the game at the Macron Stadium, with the midfielder having now recovered from ankle ligament damage.

"Jamie has been training this week, he's had a bad injury with his ankle that he's played through for numerous weeks. He's back in amongst it and he'll be available for Saturday," Thompson confirmed. 

Miles Addison and Tom Aldred are both expected to miss out due to injury though, while Niall Maher is ineligible due to the terms of his loan agreement.

Off-the-field Thompson will come up against his former team-mate and colleague Neil Lennon, who he achieved plenty of success with at Celtic.

"Neil's a good friend of mine and he's good at his job. He's a real good motivator and he knows the game well after working for a long time at a high level with Celtic in the Champions League. It will be a tough game for us," he added.

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