Good start no surprise to Pool midfielder

Blackpool's Angel Martinez
Blackpool's Angel Martinez
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BLACKPOOL’S table-topping start may have taken some by surprise, but not Angel Martinez.

The Seasiders midfielder claims he knew this squad were good enough to take the Championship by storm.

The Spaniard was left out for the last match, a 1-0 defeat at Leicester, but is expected to be back in Pool’s midfield for the trip to Barnsley on Saturday.

And he says he fully expected the excellent start which saw Pool win all three previous matches.

Martinez said: “I knew the team here was fantastic. We kept hold of all the players from last season and the new signings have helped us a lot.

“I think we are looking good. The season is very long, though, so there’s no point looking at points and the league table now. The only way is to worry about the next game.

“We can’t think about how many points we need to get to go up or things like that.

“The way to do it is to keep going from game to game and keep picking up three points.”

Blackpool welcomed an almost full squad back to their Squires Gate training ground this morning.

A strong reserve side, including Ludo Sylvestre, Elliot Grandin and new boy Kirk Broadfoot, face Wigan in a behind-closed-doors game at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.

The strength of Pool’s second string shows the quality throughout the squad, something Angel enjoys.

He added: “The competition in midfield is great now. The players we’ve brought in are all great. You always want to play but the squad is good for everyone.

“If someone in your position is training well, then you have to work harder and play better.

“This is good for the team. The season is long and we will need everyone.”

Neither Matt Phillips nor Matt Gilks played for Scotland against Macedonia last night and Craig Cathcart was also an unused substitute for Northern Ireland against Luxembourg.

Holloway allowed his squad extra time off last weekend because of the international break and many of the overseas players took the opportunity to visit home.

Angel added: “I went back to Girona to visit my family. I’ve not seen any of them since the start of pre-season, so it was great to go back and spend some time with them.

“My father comes over from time to time, but my brother plays for Girona so I never get to see him.

“It was nice to get away and recharge my batteries for a a few days, but I’m now back to work and concentrating on Saturday’s game.

“The international break is great as it allows me to go and watch my brother play. The gaffer gave me an extra day off and I appreciate it a lot.”

The 26-year-old was back down to earth on Monday at wet and windy Squires Gate, but he says there is nowhere he would rather be.

“It’s strange coming back and training in the rain but I love life here in Blackpool,” he revealed. “All I’m thinking of is win, win, win, and getting three points.

“In Spain the situation is really hard and Spanish football has a lot of problems.

“Every player in Spain is dreaming of playing in England, so it’s a great chance for Tiago (Gomes) and Alberto (Noguera).”