Basham happy with utility role

Chris Basham
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Chris Basham is relishing his role as Blackpool’s Mr Versatile, and revealed how a special piece of advice from manager Paul Ince helped him score his second goal of the season against Leicester.

While Pool’s squad now has real strength in depth, that hasn’t always been the case this season and big performances from players out of position have been needed.

And no-one has played in more positions than Basham, who said: “I’ve played six positions in eight games this season, so I’m not doing badly.

“I think that’s what the players are like here. If you are told to do a job by the gaffer, then you just do it.

“Everyone knows I’m the utility man and I don’t mind that. I don’t mind playing wherever I’m put.

“If sometimes I have to go centre-half, then I’ll play there.”

Basham played on the left wing for the first time in his career on Saturday.

He was thrown into the unknown role just 10 minutes before kick-off after Neal Bishop took ill in the warm-up.

In typical fashion, Basham responded with a very decent display and chipped in with the opening goal, and that’s where Ince’s words of wisdom came in.

He said: “Obviously I’m not a jinky winger like Tom Ince, but I’ve got legs and can run past people.

“It was brilliant to score on Saturday. Ricardo (Fuller) fired a brilliant ball in and I was able to get on to the end of it.

“I leapt early, which the gaffer has been teaching me to do in training. I’ve been told that jumping early puts the defenders off. In the first half I don’t think we’d have been happy with a point but in the end we were.

“I think Leicester only had two shots at goal, one a penalty and the other which went flying into the top corner.

“The result kept the home run going (10 points from 12), which we really wanted to do.

“I think we’ve looked solid at home and that’s going to be important.”

The 25-year-old, now in his fourth season at Pool, found it tough to break into the side under Ian Holloway but was given his chance when Steve Thompson became caretaker boss last November.

And he’s loving being a regular in the starting 11. “I’m playing every game at the moment and feel I’m doing a good job for the team,” he added.

“That was my focus coming into the season, I wanted to play and so far so good.If I’m playing, scoring and doing well then I’m happy.”