Cathcart wants win ahead of break

Craig Cathcart
Craig Cathcart
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Craig Cathcart wants Blackpool to take advantage of Charlton’s difficult start to the season with a win tomorrow.

Chris Powell’s men sit 20th in the Championship table and have won only one of their opening 10 games.

On the flip-side Blackpool have had an unexpectedly good start and lie four points off the top of the table in sixth.

Blackpool make the long trip to London today, and they are looking into the possibility of adding to their squad.

Pool remain keen on bringing in a midfielder to replace the injured Barry Ferguson and were in talks with a number of clubs yesterday.

Defender Cathcart thinks Pool should take advantage of their opponents’ weakness.

“Tomorrow’s game is ideal with us against a side who are struggling a little bit in Charlton,” he said.

“Hopefully we can put a bit of pressure on them and get three points.

“It will be a big boost to win before the (international) break.”

Cathcart is back in Pool’s starting 11 after missing five weeks through injury.

Pool’s superb start allowed him extra time to recover from a thigh tear before being thrown back in for the trip to Huddersfield last week.

And he’s feeling good for the extended break.

He said: “It’s been good to get back from my injury and training again.

“This weekend’s game will be a good one and the key is to go there and get a good result ahead of the international break.

“I think I played the first three games then I got a really unlucky injury, it was a bit of a strange one.

“It wasn’t a normal muscle tear, it was from a collision so it took longer to heal.

“I was out for five or six weeks but I took my time to make sure it was right.

“I’ve been in for two games now and I’m feeling stronger with every minute I play.

“I took my time with the injury, it was hurting a little bit but I didn’t rush.

“I got two or three weeks training in before I came back to play.”

The 24-year-old joined Blackpool at the start of their Premier League season and was part of the team which made it to the play-off final the following year.

So he knows what it takes to achieve in the Championship.

“In all the games, even the ones we haven’t won, we’ve been competitive, and that’s what you need to be,” he said.

“At the start of the season we’ve showed good consistency, we’ve been hard to break down and hard to beat.

“If you look at Cardiff last season everyone found them hard to beat and they picked up a lot of 1-0 wins.

“Hopefully we can do the same again.

“We’ve only lost one game so it’s been a really good start.

“After our first defeat we’ve gone three games without losing. A positive result is just around the corner for us.”

Blackpool have faced a number of the league’s so called top sides already, with the likes of Reading, Watford and Leicester all leaving Bloomfield Road without wins.

And Cathcart says there’s no-one in the league who scare the Seasiders.

“We don’t fear anyone,” he said.

“We go into every game with a game plan and confidence we can get a result.”