MICHAEL Appleton has warned his players ahead of their “dangerous” trip to Bristol City, writes WILLIAM WATT.
Tomorrow his Seasiders face the Championship’s bottom club, who have lost their last seven games.
Manager Derek McInnes has been given the dreaded vote of confidence but Pool boss Appleton thinks it will be a very tough game.
“It’s a dangerous game for us and that is the message I’m giving to the players,” he said.
“A club in their scenario becomes times more dangerous than Bolton were last week.
“I’ve told the players that Saturday’s game will be a more difficult task than facing Bolton.
“We face dangerous opponents who are really hurting at the minute. They are going through a tough, tough period.
“Losing all those games on the bounce makes them even more dangerous.It’s difficult being down there.”
Appleton’s challenge to his players is to go to Ashton Gate and score the first goal.
Pool have failed to do so in over 70 per cent of matches this season, something the manager feels needs to change.
Appleton added: “Bristol have a group of players who will be desperate to get something to hang on to.
“I’ve said to the players, and I’ll say it every week, that the first goal is so important.
“I watched Bristol City’s game against Charlton last weekend and for the first 20 minutes they looked very dangerous.
“They were unluckily not to go ahead but Charlton went ahead and grew in confidence.”