KIRK Broadfoot says life at Blackpool under Michael Appleton is “second to none”.
The Scot turned in an outstanding performance at the heart of Pool’s defence in Saturday’s 2-0 derby win over Blackburn, heading the second goal late on.
Broadfoot has been given a new lease of life by Appleton, who switched him from his more regular role of right-back.
And the 28-year-old is full of praise for the new Blackpool boss.
Broadfoot said: “The preparation has been fantastic, second to none really.
“The training under the new manager is great. We prepare so well during the week.
“From Monday morning, we set up looking at how the opposition is going to play against us and how we are going to counter that.
“It makes your job easier when you know what your job is.”
Broadfoot added to a first-half goal from Wes Thomas to see Blackpool win their first home game under Appleton.
He found space to power home a header from five yards, his first goal since scoring for Scotland against Iceland in 2008.
And he revealed it’s a move straight from the training ground.
Broadfoot revealed: “We’ve been working on those set-pieces. We have a few moves we like to try.
“The one on Saturday, we usually do with Cathers (Craig Cathcart) going for the header but we switched it round. He decided to block and I went for the header.
“It’s been a while since I scored but what matters is that it was a big win for the team.
“It was a great result in a local derby, especially after going to a difficult place last week (Crystal Palace) and getting a draw.
“That’s the first clean sheet I’ve played in here and it’s exactly what you want as a defender.”
Broadfoot was moulded as a right-back at Rangers but admits he’s much more comfortable in the middle.
He added: “If I’m needed at right-back, I don’t mind playing there but I much prefer centre-back. It is the position I played for most of my career before I went to Rangers.
“When Alan Hutton went to Tottenham, the manager asked me to play right-back and I seem to have played there ever since.
“But from a young age I’d always been a centre-back. That’s where I feel most comfortable.
And although Saturday’s win has left Pool’s Championship position unchanged – they remain 11th and four points off the play-offs – they are now unbeaten in seven games under Appleton and Broadfoot says the players always knew the results would come.
“The boys knew we were playing well. It was only a matter of time before it all clicked,” he said.