The youth side travel to Shrewsbury Sports Village tomorrow to take on Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.
This will be the third time that Danny Ventre’s side have faced the Shrews this season. Blackpool were 4-2 winners back in August, but Shrewsbury gained revenge in a 3-1 victory back in December.
Speaking ahead of the cup tie tomorrow afternoon, Head Coach Danny Ventre feels his side have prepared well ahead of the game and is looking forward to coming up against Shewsbury again.
“We’ve played Shrewsbury a few times this season, so we’ve got a good idea of what they’re going to be like,” Ventre admitted.
“We’ve prepared well and went through a few things on Thursday morning to talk about how we can go about nullifying their threats as well as play to our strengths. If we apply ourselves correctly and tidy up when we’re not in possession, I feel we should have a successful afternoon.”
Heading into Friday’s match, many of the youngsters were involved in the reserves fixture against Morecambe earlier in the week, facing experienced professionals such as Kevin Ellison, Shaun Miller and Adam Buxton.
Despite being on the end of a 3-0 defeat, the young reserves side gave a good account of themselves and Ventre was pleased with some of the aspects of the game.
“I think the lads will have learned a great deal playing in a game like that,” he said.
“We said to them before hand to watch what the likes of Kevin and Adam do in-game. It’s those subtle differences sometimes that take you to the next level as a player, whether that be your positioning on the pitch or the right time to play the ball.
“I actually felt the lads played well on the day. They broke the lines well and had good spells within the game, but experience probably told on the day.
“They learned a lot from coming up against those type of players, despite the scoreline, and will go into the match ready for another big match, giving them another opportunity to prove themselves and show us what they can do.”