Blackpool manager Simon Grayson admits that his side will be facing a very different threat from Bolton Wanderers to the one they posed at the start of the season, as reported by the Blackpool Gazette.
The Seasiders are set to travel to the University of Bolton Stadium this weekend to face the side rooted to the bottom of the table. With a points tally still in minus figures and just two goals scored all season, it looks to be a straightforward encounter on paper.
However, they’ve conceded fewer at home than Wycombe, Peterborough and Lincoln and the same as Blackpool, as well as having a raft of fresh faces slowly gaining match fitness. One advantage for Grayson is at least knowing the sort of lineup they’re going to face.
“At least we now know what personnel they have got and what they have been playing recently,” Grayson said.
“They’ve had some good results in the last few weeks with the better and stronger squad they’ve got. I said a few weeks ago it’s a strange position to be in where some clubs will be moaning it’s a guaranteed three points in the early part of the season.
“But other teams down the bottom will be saying they’re happy because it gives them more of a fighting chance to stay in the division with Bolton not picking up points.”
He said that their past results are not important anymore as he listed several players that Blackpool will need to be wary of.
“But it’s about how they’re doing now and we know they’ve got some experienced players. Daryl Murphy, Liam Bridcutt, Will Buckley and Jack Hobbs are all experienced players in the Championship.”
The Tangerines are currently sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Ipswich Town.
Simon Grayson is right; Bolton are a different prospect now. It’s not just the players he’s listed either; the Stoke youngster Verlinden is a real livewire and the other young players are growing in confidence all the time.
It won’t be long before they find themselves picking up points and closing the 12 point gap between themselves and AFC Wimbledon.
As for Blackpool anything other than a win would be a poor result, but there’s a banana skin here just waiting for an unsuspecting team to take a slip.