Paul Ince won’t have much say in his team selection for this afternoon’s home clash with Watford – if you’re fit, you’re in.
Blackpool have only 14 senior players available due to injury and another fruitless week in the transfer market.
Manager Ince stated last week he wanted eight players to sign before Monday’s transfer deadline, and so far none have. It leaves his squad totally threadbare and without options in key areas.
Ince said: “We are playing to fit the players we have in the squad. You have to play with what you have. “What I will say is that we have a team full of players who would run through a brick wall for the club. The spirit and camaraderie are brilliant.”
Craig Cathcart (knee), Gary MacKenzie (hamstring) and Stephen Davies (stomach) are all out injured, while Isaiah Osbourne (thigh) and Tom Ince (thigh) are doubts. All five started in the opening game against Doncaster.
Ince hopes the situation sparks a reaction from his troops. He said: “The players just have to enjoy the challenge and take on what’s thrown at them.
“I don’t want the player s to feel under pressure. I want them to enjoy it. “Winning games breeds confidence and so far we’ve managed to do that.
“You always want to gointo games ready to go and we are, whatever team we put out.
“This is a great opportunity to play one of the sides you would expect to be up for promotion.”
Ince travelled south to watch Gianfranco Zola’s side draw with Championship leaders Nottingham Forest last Sunday and he was impressed.
The Hornets’ attacking style has won plaudits and they are expected to attack the Seasiders this afternoon.
Ince added: “They are a fantastic side. You expect them to be good with the sort of players he’s bringing in.
“They create chance after chance and are a very attacking side.
“You expect them to be up there come the end of the season, and with the finances they have they would be very disappointed not to be.
“They play a really attacking game with three centre-halves. They play expansive football.
“But we went to Vicarage Road last year with a game plan and came away with the points.”