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McAlister: Good Strength In Depth

8 February 2016

Blackpool Benefiting From Strong Squad

Versatile midfield man Jim McAlister believes Blackpool’s strength in depth is starting to come to the fore, particularly when taking the lead in matches.

Neil McDonald strengthened his hand during the January transfer window, bringing in three new faces and retaining a further two.

After Saturday’s postponement, The Seasiders remain unbeaten in four matches and McAlister is pleased to be playing his part in a strong squad. 

“I don’t think there’s many better teams in the league after scoring first than us. We’re organized, defend for our lives and when the chances come along the boys stick them away,” he explained. 

“It’s a big squad and the standard is very high, everyone’s a good player in their own different way, so it’s very reassuring that the manager has confidence in me to keep me in the team.

“Coming to a new club it’s always in the back of your mind if you’re going to play and being a wee bit versatile has probably helped me. I’ve had that most of my days, if you can play elsewhere it’s always a good string to your bow.”
The Scot, who missed the Gillingham victory through illness, has turned out 29 times for Pool this season, but that first goal in tangerine continues to allude him. 

“It’s something that seems to follow me around and when I have scored throughout my career it seems to come in streaks so I need one to just come off me. I ended up with five goals in each of my first two Dundee seasons.

“Against Scunthorpe in the build-up to ‘Nosher’s’ (David Norris) goal, if I’d have miss-hit my shot it probably would have gone it. It’s something I’m looking to change this year because it’s not as if I don’t get into the right positions,” he added. 

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