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Grayson: Four Players A Big Miss

Absence of Attacking Players Shows

10 October 2019

Simon Grayson says Blackpool's creativity in the final third has clearly been affected by the absence of key players in recent weeks.

The Seasiders went into Monday night's game against Bolton Wanderers without Nathan Delfouneso, Sullay Kaikai, Joe Nuttall and Jordan Thompson, who have scored a combined total of eight goals this season and created a number of others.  

"When you reflect on the game on Monday night, it was quite evident that we were short in the attacking part of the pitch. When you take out four players that can really influence your team, then you might struggle in certain departments," Grayson admitted.

"That was the case on Monday night. Defensively, we had a lot of players available, the shape was good and we looked quite comfortable, but when you take away Delfouneso, Kaikai, Nuttall and Thompson, then you are going to have some problems creating chances. Those four players would certainly be very close to being in my starting eleven."

While Thompson definitely misses out on a return this weekend due to international commitments, the other continue to be assessed ahead of the match against Rotherham United. 

"Whether they’re going to be available for Saturday, we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t want to give too much away. They are making decent progress and we might have some available and some not available," the manager said.

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