Terry McPhillips says he’s under no illusions that Blackpool must start turning some more of their draws into victories.
The Seasiders are currently on a 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions yet have won three and drawn six of their opening 10 league games.
“We’ve got to start turning the league draws into wins and start climbing up the table,” the manager said. “We are demanding now that we have to start winning some games. We’ve got some games coming up that we’ll be favourites in and we’ve got to try and get three points in them.”
Rochdale are the visitors to Bloomfield Road this weekend, a side that McPhillips watched against Bristol Rovers in midweek.
“They got the goalkeeper sent off just on half-time - a bit harsh I thought that was - but they got a 0-0 draw, they worked their socks off and they’ve got some good players. It’s a hard game, as they all are, and you’ve got to win the fight.”
From a selection perspective, Donervon Daniels returns from suspension for the game, while Harry Pritchard and Chris Taylor have returned to training, making the starting competition even stronger.
“The competition for a place is massive, and that’s got to spur you on. If you want to keep your place in the team – I’m sure a lot of these lads will want to play against Arsenal in the cup – then you’ve got to try and keep your shirt,” he said.
One player who won’t be seen in a shirt for a while yet is Jimmy Ryan, who had an operation on the weekend that will rule him out of action for three months.
“It’s been a success,” McPhillips confirmed. “He’s in a full leg brace now for a couple of weeks at least so he missed the team photo shoot. We wish him well because he’s obviously disappointed to be missing out.”