Kirk: New faces would boost us

Kirk Broadfoot
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Kirk Broadfoot feels a couple of new faces would give everyone at Bloomfield Road a lift.

The defender has completed a four-match ban and is expected to go straight into the starting 11 for Saturday’s trip to Barnsley.

Blackpool have lost every game while the 29-year-old has been suspended but he said: “New players come in and lift the place, so new players will only help Blackpool.

“I think the boys have been doing OK. We just need something, maybe a deflection, and I think it will change.

“We need to go one up and maybe take the game to teams, rather than them going one up and us needing to open up.

“To lose two goals so late against Middlesbrough last weekend was harsh. I thought we were comfortable.”

Blackpool have made a number of bids for players this week but have so far hit brick walls in their search.

Manager Paul Ince remains under huge pressure from supporters and has pleaded with chairman Karl Oyston to help him bring in players this week.

It’s understood Oyston is willing to strengthen the squad but no deals have yet made it over the line.

Defender Gary MacKenzie is a major doubt for the trip to Oakwell after injuring his ankle against Boro and Broadfoot is set to replace his fellow Scot.

Former Rangers man Broadfoot said: “It is up to the manager whether I go straight back in but I’m looking forward to travelling.

“The four-match ban was over in two weeks but it feels like I’ve been out for six months. It’s one of those things you learn from, move on and get back playing.”

Broadfoot was criticised by boss Ince for the late tackle which resulted in his red card in the Boxing Day draw with Leeds, but the defender insists he has learned from the mistake.

“The ball was in front of me and I actually thought their player was going to slide in, so I slid in but he stopped.

“I slid in aggressively but it is just my nature – that’s the way I tackle.

“I’m disappointed he gave me a red and not a second yellow but it was probably the right call.

“But it’s all in the past. I’m not a player for looking back. I watch the games back and learn from my mistakes.

“I’m not a player that likes to watch. Sitting in the stands the game looks so easy. It’s completely different because you see more in the stands. You see the space you can’t see on the pitch.

“It’s been hard for the boys and I couldn’t do anything about it because I’ve been suspended.

“Hopefully we can get a win on the weekend and start looking up instead of down.”

Pool have tumbled to 14th in the Championship but Broadfoot thinks they will be fine.

“I don’t think we fear anybody if we have our strongest 11. If everyone is fit we can give anybody in the league a game,” he said.