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Hartley: Rich In Defensive Options

17 July 2017

Peter Hartley believes competition for places at the back will bring out the best in Blackpool’s central defensive department.

The 29-year-old played 45 minutes alongside Will Aimson at Southport on Saturday, after getting game time with Clark Robertson against Dundee United the week previous. 
 
With Curtis Tilt also coming into the equation, Gary Bowyer has plenty of options at the back, which Hartley believes will bring the best out of everyone. 
 
“You need competition for places in you’re going to be successful,” he said. “We’ve got four really capable centre halves which will create great competition. 
 
“We’d been working on a few patterns of play last week with the Gaffer and put a lot of it into the game on Saturday. It’s early doors but there’s still a lot to build on but we’re moving forward.”
 
The 3-1 victory at Haig Avenue came in Pool’s first public pre-season friendly and arrived on the back of what was a productive pre-season camp above the border, according to Hartley.
 
“The week in Scotland did us the world of good because we were living together, we got to know the lads quickly and it’s a good group. 
 
“Credit the lads, they’ve been brilliant with me. It’s a winning mentality, getting promoted and I’ve settled in really well.”
 
Pre-season is building towards Bradford City on 5 August, and Hartley believes Blackpool are already showing facets of their game which will be a threat to teams in League One. 
 
“The way the Gaffer wants us to play can hurt a lot of team. There are teams who want to press for 90 minutes so if we pick and choose when we play we can really hurt teams,” he said. 
 

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