Cathcart ready to scrap for survival

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CRAIG Cathcart says Blackpool’s players must be ready to battle for the rest of the season at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders ground out a point against Leicester on Saturday, having been forced to change their tactics because of the the state of the Bloomfield Road pitch.

Instead of their usual passing game, Pool were forced to go forward much quicker.

And Northern Ireland defender Cathcart says it’s something everyone will have to get used to.

Cathcart said: “We had to grind things out on Saturday but it’s been like that for the last 10 home games really.

“The pitch is really bad and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

“That’s the way it’s going to have to be at Bloomfield Road. Between now and the end of the season the home games are just going to be a battle.

“We’ll just have to carry on like we did on Saturday. We are going to have to change things at home. Away we can play on the counterattack and a bit more attacking, but at home being tighter suited us a bit more.

“We had to go more direct on Saturday but it seemed to work.”

While they rode their luck to secure a goalless draw – Leicester’s Chris Woods missed a second-half penalty – the Seasiders defended well to earn their first clean sheet in seven games.

As as a defender, Cathcart is delighted by the shut-out. He added: “After the game we were talking about how long it’s been since we had a clean sheet. Hopefully it will be the first of many.

“We have a decent little partnership going etween me and Kirk (fellow centre-half Broadfoot). I think we are looking a lot more solid now.

“The manager coming in will help. He wants us to build on Saturday’s clean sheet and he’s very keen on getting our shape right at the back.”

Blackpool are now working with their third manager in as many months, all with different styles.

Ince insists he’ll be a mixture of the attacking Ian Holloway style and the much more defensive Michael Appleton.

And Cathcart seems impressed. “We didn’t really work with the new manager much last week because of the two games,” he said.

“But we have a whole week now and will be getting to grips with what the manager wants from us.

“This week will be a good week for us and hopefully we can build on the result at weekend. It’s been good so far.

“The training has been short and sharp, with high intensity. We also need to do a bit more fitness work.”

The Seasiders have been on a sticky run of late, winning only one of their five games this month.

Cathcart has been an ever-present at the heart of Pool’s defence through that period and is convinced the team’s fortunes will turn around.

He said: “I don’t think there have been many occasions when we haven’t been in the games.

“We know we are good enough to get out of this little slump and kick on up the league.”