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McAlister: Training Ground Work Showing

13 October 2016

Hard Work Being Displayed

Jim McAlister believes the hard work Gary Bowyer and the backroom staff are putting in on the training ground is now being displayed in Blackpool’s performances.

The preferred style on offer has seen The Seasiders get the ball on the floor and play football, which has resulted in some entertaining showings.

Sticking to their beliefs while preparing for Saturday’s trip to Accrington Stanley, McAlister insists there’s more to come from Bowyer’s men.

“The manager’s emphasised the way he wants us to play and you can see in performances, the work on the training ground is getting on to the park,” he said.

“We’re always working on good ideas on the training ground. We can mix it up both ways, whether it’s playing football or going back to front.”

Despite putting in some strong displays this season, Blackpool are yet to string a run of results together in a frustrating start to the campaign.

“We’ve said in the dressing room, at the end of the day it’s a results business. We can’t come off the park and get a pat on the back if we’ve played well but lost.

“So far, teams like Plymouth are having a run but I think over the course of the season we’ll have that period and we firmly believe that.”

With skipper Danny Pugh sidelined, McAlister has struck up a solid partnership with Jack Payne in the midfield, which is working well according to the Scot.

“Jack’s come in and done well. With him being a natural sitter it allows myself to get involved higher up the pitch. We can mix it both ways and Jack’s settled into the team very well,” he explained. 

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