Flooded ground hits Ollie’s plans

There were no such problems at Bloomfield Road, where special machinery was brought in to make sure the pitch was playable

There were no such problems at Bloomfield Road, where special machinery was brought in to make sure the pitch was playable

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BLACKPOOL’S preparations for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff have suffered a blow.

Ian Holloway’s Seasiders squad were due to play a match among themselves behind closed doors yesterday.

It was designed to give vital game time to Holloway’s huge squad after the manager hinted at changes to his starting 11 in the wake of Monday’s defeat.

But the torrential rain on the Fylde coast has left Pool’s Squires Gate training ground flooded and the game had to be called off.

Holloway told The Gazette: “We wanted to play an in-house game but our training ground is underwater.

“Those who hadn’t played on Monday were going to play each other because I think they need a game. These are the problems we have.

Pool instead made use of the new gym facilities at Bloomfield Road.

Holloway showed his squad two hours of DVD footage from recent matches, highlighting where they could improve ahead of the visit to South Wales.

They then moved to the Blackpool FC hotel, where half of them took part in the spinning class and the rest worked out in the gym.

Holloway added: “I’ve shown them what I wanted on the video from Monday’s game and we will work on it.

“We have Cardiff away next and it doesn’t get much tougher than that, does it? I can make changes if I feel the need to now.”