Simon Grayson has warned that his Blackpool side is yet to reach the levels it is capable of, given that the season has only just got underway.
The Seasiders put in an impressive opening day performance against Bristol Rovers last weekend, highlighting plenty of potential for the campaign ahead.
However, despite scoring twice and keeping a clean sheet, the manager insists that further improvements are still to come.
“I still think we’re going to get better physically, mentally and tactically as well. Players are not at their physical peak until the end of the month, really,” the manager said. “You can play pre-season games, but you can never replicate the fitness levels that you require and the emotional side that comes with it as well.
“Last weekend was a really good performance on the pitch, I thought the players did ever so well, defended well when they needed to and looked a threat going forward. It was a good start from that perspective.”
The next challenge comes on the road, as Blackpool face a Southend United side looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat.
“Over pre-season they changed their system around a little bit and this is their first home game, so they’ll want to get off to a positive start,” Grayson admitted. “They’ll be disappointed with the result against Coventry last weekend.
“It’s a tight ground and we’ve got to expect them to come at us. We’ve got to make sure that we defend as a team, attack as a team and do whatever is required to go and get the result down there.”
Away from the match, the manager knows that he still has a significant period remaining to add further additions to his squad, with yesterday’s closure of the transfer window for Premier League and Championship clubs creating new opportunities.
“There’s still a three-week gap for all us clubs in League One and Two for us to assess under-23 players, Premier League players and Championship players who are maybe not going to figure. It gives you that leeway to go into the market again.
“There’s still a couple of areas that we’re looking to strengthen, but any player that comes in has to make us stronger, both on the pitch and off the pitch. They need to make sure that they fit into the style that we want to play and integrate into the dressing room, which is a good dressing room,” he added.