A number of Blackpool’s January signings will build up match sharpness in a game behind closed doors today.
The likes of Teddy Howe, Ben Garrity and Grant Ward are all expected to feature, plus several other players requiring minutes.
“There will be one or two players who have played very recently in the first-team that probably need that extra game to give them a bit more sharpness ahead of a busy period,” manager Simon Grayson said.
“They can be called upon at any time. Just because they are playing in this game doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to be starting at the weekend. Everybody is fighting for a place in the starting eleven.”
The Seasiders final bit of business on deadline day was to bring in defender Taylor Moore, who was considered a coup from Bristol City. He’s another player who will get a run-out today.
“If you don’t ask the question from your contacts in the game, then you don’t get the right answers sometimes,” Grayson admitted. “Taylor is a player who has played 20-odd games this season in the Championship and Bristol City have decided that it will benefit him to get some more game-time, rather than be a third choice centre-back at a club pushing for the play-offs.
“After speaking to the player, he was buzzing to come to us. I think he had other options available, but he saw what we are trying to achieve at Blackpool.”
The task now is for all the new arrivals to make an immediate impact this weekend, as the Seasiders look to return to winning ways at home to Southend United.
“We’re putting together a team that we think is going to turn the corner very quickly and kick on,” the manager said.
“We’ve got to turn the results around quickly. We’ve got to get back on the front foot, play with a passion and a purpose, play in the right areas and play with quality. A win at the weekend could then transform our season.”