Ollie Turton says he must maintain his consistent form to retain a regular place in the Blackpool team this season.
The right-back, a summer arrival from Crewe, has started all eight of the club’s league fixtures after injury initially ruled Kelvin Mellor out of action.
“I felt I’d have to be patient and work really hard to get in the team. Kelvin got injured and that was a chance for me to do well and I feel like I’m playing well, Turton acknowledged. “I now need to continue working hard to keep myself in the team.”
In recent matches, Kelvin Mellor has returned to the side in a more advanced position down the right and the link-up is one that Turton is happy with.
“Kelv has been playing really well, and I’ve enjoyed playing with him on the right-hand side. He’s done a really good job for the team and we’re both enjoying it,” he said.
A feature of Blackpool’s strong start to the season has been goals from outside the area, with Turton contributing one of the nine strikes from distance.
“The lads practice on Fridays and have a bit of a competition, and we’ve got some that can really hit a ball. It’s good that they’re going in.
“We’ve been having a lot of chances in and around the box as well, and we need to make sure that we start putting them in and be more ruthless against teams. The ones in the box would be easier goals.”
Next up for the team is a trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, where the players will look to extend a seven-match unbeaten run.
“We’ve had a really good start and have been playing well as a team. We’ve been playing some good football, so hopefully we can carry that on.
“We’re taking it game-by-game and we’re not going to get too ahead of ourselves, though. We’ll just concentrate on each game as it comes,” Turton added.