Simon Grayson believes there’s a potential for it be a real coup should Blackpool go to Sunderland on Saturday and claim three points.
The Black Cats suffered back-to-back relegations in 2017 and 2018 and currently lie in 11th in the Sky Bet League One table. Yet, Grayson is fully aware of the size of the club, having had a brief spell as manager there back in 2017.
“It’ll be a good experience for the lads to go there on Saturday,” Grayson said.
“There’s no doubt with the infrastructure and fan base they have at Sunderland that they are the biggest club in this division. However, they’re in this division for a reason and similar clubs have been in the same position before now – Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United to name a few.
“But, because of the facilities and size of the club, it’s undoubtedly a big coup for any team that goes up and wins there. We’ll certainly go there in good spirits knowing that we’re capable of getting a victory.”
Ahead of the trip to the north-east, Grayson has confirmed that Ben Heneghan is ruled out of the match through suspension, meaning there is an opportunity for someone else to fill his shoes.
“Ben’s done really well for the side during his two loan spells at the club,” he said.
“Whoever comes into the side on Saturday has an opportunity to impress, and if we go up there and win this weekend and keep a clean sheet, then there’s a potential that could give me a selection headache for the next match, so it’s all to play for.
“It will be a busy schedule over the next few weeks and players will be getting game time because of the games coming in thick and fast. We’ve got a good squad and good depth here, so we’re looking forward to the challenge which starts at Sunderland this weekend.”