Ollie Turton is relishing a reunion with Michael Nottingham this weekend, as the two former team-mates go head-to-head for three Sky Bet League One points.
The pair spent two seasons together at Bloomfield Road, prior to Nottingham joining Accrington Stanley in October, and remain very good friends.
“It’ll be nice for me to see Michael Nottingham again. I was really close to him,” Turton said.
“We speak regularly, but it’s never about football. We wouldn’t speak about tactics or anything like that, and Notts probably knows a lot about us anyway. We’re both just focused on trying to win the game for our teams.”
The Seasiders head to Accrington on the back of a dramatic, late victory against Hull City in midweek, where the players recovered from two setbacks during the 90-plus minutes of action.
“You can’t beat a last-minute winner. We wish we hadn’t got to that position and had seen the game out at 2-1, but it shows what a group of lads we’ve got to be able to carry on and get that winning goal. It just shows our character.
“We’re on a good run of form going into the match, so are they, so it should be a good game. We just want to keep our good run going.”
Turton has featured in 19 of Blackpool’s fixtures so far this season, despite regular competition for the right-back slot from on-loan Nottingham Forest man Jordan Gabriel.
“Jordan is a great lad and a really good player as well. It’s great to have that competition and push ourselves. That’s part of football. You never want to be just comfortable,” he admitted.
“We all want to be successful and as a collective, from the staff to all the players, we just want to win games, and you could see that on Tuesday.”