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Cullen Looking To Stake A Claim

26 August 2016

Striker On Competition Up Front

Mark Cullen believes the variety and selection of strikers on Blackpool’s books will get Gary Bowyer’s side firing this season.

The Seasiders have six front men to select from, with Cullen usually featuring alongside more physical strikers he can feed off.

With Jamille Matt, Danny Philliskirk, Kyle Vassell and Jack Redshaw all nearing a return to action, the competition will only benefit Pool, according to Cullen.

"The Gaffer said as soon as he came in he wanted competition in all places and we’ve got that so it’s up to us to test ourselves," he said. 

"You’ve got to go out every day and improve to show the Gaffer you’re the one who should be playing on the Saturday.

"To get the best out of me I need to play alongside a bigger man and we’ve got a few in the squad now so hopefully I can get some minutes alongside them."

Blackpool’s latest challenge comes against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, and Cullen is welcoming a different style of game compared to recent weeks. 

"A lot of teams in this league are big, physical sides who get the ball forward early and try to bully you. We withstood the test twice and picked up two decent points

"Hopefully Saturday will be more of a football game and we can show the quality we’ve got in the squad," he added. 

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