Simon Grayson is expecting to rotate his squad over the busy Christmas period, in an effort to keep everyone as fresh as possible.
The Seasiders welcome Accrington Stanley on Boxing Day, followed by trips to Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United before an FA Cup away tie at Reading – all within the space of ten days.
“It’s a case of managing the players effectively at this time of the season,” Grayson said.
“I think you have to be careful over Christmas and chop and change the squad when necessary to ensure the squad remains as fresh and as alert as possible over the course of all of the matches.
“I think it’s even more important at the top end of the pitch. You’ll find most defenders can get through the games quite well, as they’re not tested as much. You want your forward players to be creative, bright and busy and hopefully we can have all of our creative players at our disposal over the coming weeks, as we’ve got players that are itching to get into the team.”
Following the Accrington match, the next four matches are all away from home but the manager isn’t concerned given the amount of matches the team has recently played on home turf.
“It’s just the way it’s worked out,” he said.
“We’ve had all of our recent cup competitions and league games at home lately, so we’re due a run away from home. After Accrington, we head to Tranmere and we’ll approach that in a positive manner and hopefully we’ll come through the next few games with plenty of points and fit players and we’ll see where that takes us into the New Year.”