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Longstaff: Really Easy Playing With Jimmy Ryan

Midfielder Credits Captain For Giving Him Attacking Freedom

3 September 2017

Sean Longstaff says the expressive freedom he has been allowed to have in attacking areas for Blackpool is partly down to captain Jimmy Ryan.

The 19-year-old, on loan from Newcastle United, scored his fourth goal in as many Sky Bet League One games yesterday, as The Seasiders secured a 1-0 victory against AFC Wimbledon.

However, the midfielder was quick to credit the role that the experienced Ryan has played in his instant impact at Bloomfield Road, sitting deep and covering ground from a defensive point of view.

“It’s actually really easy playing with Jim, and Callum (Cooke) actually because me and Callum are quite similar in the way we play,” Longstaff explained. “With Jim there, it just gives us that protection to go and do what we want to do. When we’re out of position he’s always covering for us, so he’s the perfect person to have behind you.

“Whatever happens, if you make a mistake, he’s always going to be there to tidy it up and not make it look as bad as it is.

“On the other hand, when he’s on the ball, we can just go in to positions where it will cause problems for other teams and he’ll find you nine times out of ten.”

The match-winning goal from Longstaff was similar to his debut strike in Blackpool colours, nestled away in the bottom corner.     

“I just tried to hit it as quick and as early as possible. I think the goalie thought I was going to try and go round him and bend it, but I just thought I would try and pull it back to the front post. Luckily it went in,” he said.

Unable to see out the full 90 minutes, the midfielder remains hopeful that the knock he sustained in the second-half won’t rule him out of action for Blackpool’s next fixture against Scunthorpe United.   

“It was just my Achilles, it was just a bit of a precaution. Hopefully everything is alright for next weekend and I’ll be fit to play,” he added. 

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