Rae hails ‘all action’ Bishop

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Alex Rae has hailed “all-action” midfielder Neal Bishop.

Pool’s assistant manager was quick to pay tribute to the hard-working midfield man after another superb showing against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The 32-year-old was forced to play out of position at right-back after injuries to Chris Basham and Craig Cathcart.

And Rae said: “He’s a great professional. We know what we get from Bish.

“He’s a quiet guy but he’s an all-action character who gives his all for the team.

“The more people we have at the club like that, the better chance we have.”

Blackpool’s injuries problems have shown no signs of easing this week, with none of last week’s missing players expected to be available for Saturday’s home clash with Ipswich.

That means Manchester United loan man Tyler Blackett could be set for his second start, after impressing Rae last week.

On the England U19 international, Rae added: “We asked him to play midfield, then he’s gone left-back and it’s a different level to what he’s been used to in kids’ football.

“He’ll learn and grow. We have video analysis for everyone because there is a lot of learning from Saturday as well. But it was a promising start from the boy.”

Boss Paul Ince has two more games of his stadium ban to serve before being allowed back into Bloomfield Road for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the month.

He watched Saturday’s game from Sky’s studios in Wilmslow and again was in constant communication with the Blackpool bench via youth team boss Richie Kyle.

Rae explained: “I almost feel as if he’s on the line with me. Richie is always shouting down to me with orders.

“This doesn’t just come together – we sit for hours doing analysis and the practical side of things, trying to give them as much information as possible to take into a Saturday.

“And with the spirit we have at the club, we’re getting the rewards for that.”

Blackpool’s youth team continued their superb start to the season with a 5-0 win against Manchester City on Tuesday. Goals from George Lomax, Ashley Rowley and a Dom Telford hat-trick gave Pool the win.