Pool lose but win in transfer market

SIMON Grayson watched his Blackpool team fail to win for the fifth pre-season friendly on the bounce - but he had good news afterwards.

Minutes after his players had trudged off the Bloomfield Road pitch following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of St Mirren, Grayson announced a double breakthrough in the transfer market.

Striker Daniel Nardiello and defender Zesh Rehman have signed from QPR, with Latvian defender Kaspars Gorkss finally going in the opposite direction. Pool also receive a big six-figure sum.

Grayson will also know by the end of the day if Paul Dickov is coming to Blackpool or if he is going elsewhere. As it stands, the manager does not sound hopeful of success.

Scotland's assistant boss Steven Pressley played 60 minutes against St Mirren last night. He is trying to earn a contract after being released by Celtic, but even his presence couldn't prevent Pool slipping to another defeat.

St Mirren took the lead three minutes after the break when a Spanish trialist finished neatly at the back post after good work by impressive right back Jack Ross.

Ben Burgess rattled the crossbar from Claus Jorgensen's cross on the hour but the visitor's sealed victory in stoppage time when substitute Dennis Wyness slotted in from close range after the Seasiders had failed to deal with a low ball into the six yard box.

Despite the result, this was a much improved showing from Grayson's men and a marked difference from the limp defeat at Shrewsbury last time out.

The first half in particular was good with the team playing some slick and free-flowing football.

Star of the show was on-loan Liverpool winger Adam Hammill, who showed some Premiership class and almost scored a glorious goal when he beat four players but was thwarted by keeper Chris Smith.

For a full match report and all the latest on the transfers, read tomorrow's Gazette.

POOL: Paul Rachubka, John Halls, Marlon Broomes, Steven Pressley (Alex Baptiste 60), Joe Martin (Claus Jorgensen 45), Danny Coid, Jermaine Wright, Keith Southern, Adam Hammill, Gary Taylor-Fletcher (David Fox 60), Ben Burgess (Dominic Merrella 90)

Subs not used: Matt Gilks, Ross Lloyd, Michael D'Agostino

ST MIRREN: Chris Smith, Jack Ross, Ryan McCay, Gary Mason, Will Haining, Trialist, Stephen O'Donnell (Billy Mehmet 72), Garry Brady, Jim Hamilton (Andy Dorman 72), Craig Dargo (Hugh Murray 83), Trialist

Ref: Uriah Rennie (Sheffield)