Bednar’s bench-mark for success

Blackpool's Kevin Phillips (left) celebrates his goal with team mate Roman Bednar

Blackpool's Kevin Phillips (left) celebrates his goal with team mate Roman Bednar

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ROMAN Bednar is unlikely to be fit enough to start for Pool at Cardiff – but he is ready to cause havoc from the bench, writes STEVE CANAVAN.

The striker showed what he is capable of when he came on for his debut against Coventry on Tuesday and changed the game.

And although he is still way short of peak condition, the 26-year-old is ready and willing to do a job.

Bednar said: “I have been pretty honest with the gaffer and told him I’m not fit.

“I’ve probably been too honest because I’m doing better than I thought in training, and in those last few minutes against Coventry I felt fine.

“Only games are going to get me fit, so I am ready to play whenever the manager needs me.

“I have come to this club to score goals and help Blackpool try to get promoted. I’ve only been here a short while but already I believe I made the right choice to come here.”

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Assistant manager Steve Thompson stood in for Ian Holloway at the weekly press conference yesterday – Holloway is at his family home in Bath.

The Seasiders No.2 reckons Bednar will prove invaluable to the team, even if he is only half-fit.

Thompson said: “We are giving him a special fitness programme to get up to speed but he isn’t a million miles away. What he produced against Coventry was terrific because we had given him a really tough training session that morning, with neither of us expecting he would be involved (in the match).

“He is probably 80 or 85 per cent fit, but as everyone saw the other night, even at those fitness levels he is still a real handful for any defence. But there is much more to come from Roman.

“He has a smile on his face, he has told us he is enjoying it and we’ll be able to get him going. We’ve got a track record of getting players going who haven’t been used at other clubs and we think he is going to be a big player for us.”

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