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McPhillips: Healthy Competition

January Arrivals Boost Squad Options

7 February 2019

Terry McPhillips admits competition is pretty healthy in the Blackpool squad following the club’s January transfer business.

The manager is set to leave a number of first-team players in the stands for this weekend’s match against Walsall, though the absences of Jay Spearing and Callum Guy will be enforced.

Speaking to the media this morning, here’s what the manager had to say…

Spearing and Guy injuries…

Jay’s injury doesn’t seem as bad as first feared, so that’s good. He’ll still be a few weeks or so. Callum might be another week or two. We’re just monitoring his progress, so fingers crossed.

Healthy competition following January incomings…

We’re going to leave a few lads out of the squad on Saturday. The five lads we’ve brought in, plus Nick Anderton coming back, strengthens us. The five lads bring youthfulness, excitement and goals, hopefully. Time will tell on that.

Training has been very good and I’m looking forward to watching them again today. There is real competition now, for sure.

Tuesday’s behind-closed-doors fixture…

It was to get a game in for the lads that haven’t played, and to get a look at the new lads because it’s different to under-23 football. We played Morecambe and it was a good game. Morecambe needed minutes for their lads as well, and it was really useful for both teams. We knew they were coming with their first-team.

Last weekend’s postponement and break from the action…

I know the Ribble Valley and I know where Accrington is, and it was minus three by my house! We had a contingency plan to train any way, and we did. It’s just one of those things. We’ll know come 10pm on 5th March if it was good or not.

Ollie Turton has come in and played two games so it was good for someone like him, and I’d like to think Jay will be back for the 5th March. But there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and then.


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