Manager Gary Bowyer was pleased to be able to give every player a run-out in two pre-season fixtures at Nantwich Town and Port Vale.
The Seasiders recorded a 2-1 victory at Weaver Stadium courtesy of goals from Mark Cullen and Marc Bola, while Nathan Delfouneso scored the only goal of the game at Vale Park.
Speaking after the second match, the manager stressed the importance of getting everybody up-to-speed.
The double header.
We’ve had two very good games in terms of what we wanted to achieve. We wanted to get as close to 90 minutes into everybody as we possibly could, and we’ve done that. The next objective after that is to make sure that nobody’s injured and, touch wood, I think we’ve come through unscathed on that. There was a couple of scares with Mark Cullen and Nathan Delfouneso but they seem to have settled down very quickly. It was probably more the reaction of them falling than anything else.
Curtis at full Tilt, despite speculation.
He’s been outstanding. Ever since the speculation started, it doesn’t make any difference to him. Today he was only scheduled to do 60, 75 minutes but he said ‘no, leave me on’. That just tells you everything about him. Dealing with the speculation has not bothered him one bit.
Planning for further additions.
We’ve had 14 players here (at Port Vale) and then there was four or five at Nantwich, so that only leaves us with 19 first-teamers, really. We’ve still got one or two to do and we’re also carrying one or two injuries with Jimmy Ryan and Rowan Roache. We’ll only bring the right ones in.