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McPhillips: Healthier Squad Options

Manager Set To Welcome Players Back

22 February 2019

Terry McPhillips is pleased to have some ‘healthier’ squad options available for Blackpool’s fixture against Oxford United.

The Seasiders were without a host of first-team players for last weekend’s draw at Charlton Athletic, however that situation has eased somewhat this week.

“Jay Spearing is back training, Matty Virtue is getting closer and Jordan Thompson’s back so we’re getting healthier, that’s for sure,” McPhillips said. “It’s going to be a tough team to pick, but I’m sure whichever one we pick will give it a right, good go.”

Going into the game, Blackpool boast the best defensive records for clean sheets across the top four divisions, though improvement is now required at the other end of the pitch.  

“It’s a collective and it is impressive,” the manager said of the clean sheet record. “I’m just hoping the lads we’ve brought in can help us now score the goals at the other end that win games.”

The opposition this weekend currently find themselves in the Sky Bet League One relegation zone, though that position is considered ‘false’ by the manager.

“They’ve got good players and I think they’re in a false position. I watched them at Accy on Tuesday and they’ve got a couple of injuries themselves. They’re very good going forward and at the start of the second-half against Accy, they were excellent. We’ve got to try and highlight their weaknesses and nullify their strengths.”

While now awaiting further instruction in relation to receivership at the club, McPhillips insists the behind the scenes situation won’t distract from performances.

“The players have trained fine. I don’t think what’s been going on will affect us on the pitch,” he added.

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