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Grayson: A Good Exercise

Manager Reflects On Blackburn Friendly

27 July 2019

Manager Simon Grayson felt that Blackpool’s pre-season workout against Blackburn Rovers was a good exercise for his side.

The Seasiders lost out 2-0 to the Championship side but showed some promising glimpses ahead of the real stuff getting underway next weekend.

“It was a good exercise for us. We knew we were going to be coming up against a strong Blackburn team a week before the start of the season. They’re a team that handle the ball, try and get people into pockets and played a system that sometimes can be difficult to defend against,” the manager said.

“They started brightly and we couldn’t quite get to grips with it, then Armstrong puts it in the top corner for them. It was a great start and great goal from their perspective. I thought we then got to grips with the system, passed it better and caused them a couple of problems. We had to be patient when out of possession because they can hurt you with some very good players.

“Overall, I thought we grew into the game and in the second-half were as good as them, looking more comfortable defensively and more of a threat going forward.”

After the match the manager also explained Marc Bola’s absence from the squad and discussed James Husband’s arrival 24 hours earlier.  

“We agreed a deal with James Husband and Norwich before anything was happening with Marc Bola because I wanted competition for places at left-back, knowing that Marc Bola can also play further up the pitch and that something could potentially happen.

“As it has panned out, we have given him permission to speak to a club and we’ll see what happens over the weekend,” he added.

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