Ludo ready to help Pool win mental battle

Blackpool's Ludovic Sylvestre
Blackpool's Ludovic Sylvestre
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LUDOVIC Sylvestre says self-belief holds the key to victory for Blackpool at Burnley, where he would love to be in the heat of the derby battle.

The Blackpool midfielder believes the international break has given everyone at Bloomfield Road a perfect chance to refocus and start afresh.

The Frenchman said: “We try to play our own style of football, which is totally different to other teams in the Championship. We’ve had some bad results lately but we have to believe in our style and keep going.

“The manager knows exactly what he wants us to do and I’m confident we’ll come back stronger. Hopefully we can get back to action with a win at Burnley on Saturday.”

Sylvestre played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s friendly at Fleetwood and is in contention for a place in the squad for Saturday’s televised teatime derby.

He added: “Sometimes it’s good to play some reserve games if you’re not playing as much as you’d like in the first team.

“It’s frustrating this season, not being involved as much as I want to be.

“I’ve had a word with the manager and I know what he wants from me now.

“I’m working hard on what we’ve spoken about.

“All I want is to be playing with the lads on a Saturday. I’m working hard and we’ll see.

“It’s a long season, so I’m sure I’ll get my chance.”

The 28-year-old join Pool on the eve of the Premier League season in 2010.

He’s made 47 appearances for Blackpool without ever being a regular in Ian Holloway’s starting 11.

But he doesn’t appear to be getting too down about it, adding: “It’s the manager’s choice. All I can do is work hard and keep myself fit.

“I need to make sure I’m fit enough for when the manager decides he wants to use me.”

Blackpool have lost three of their last four games after a brilliant start to the season which saw them top the Championship table for the opening three weeks.

Sylvestre feels it is just a blip which may be down to teams getting used to the way Pool play.

“Everyone knows we have good players and a good team now,” he said.

“It’s been more difficult for us this season at times to break teams down.