Will Watt: Press conferences, winning battles and protests

David Norris has made a real difference in Blackpool's midfield
David Norris has made a real difference in Blackpool's midfield
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For the first time this season I’m glad to report I attended a pre-match press conference yesterday.

But it was Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley in the chair and not Blackpool’s Neil McDonald.

With access still restricted at Bloomfield Road the pre-match casual chat is something which I have to say I miss – and it’s a shame we don’t get to hear some of McDonald’s wider thoughts on things.

All that said, stepping-in at Fleetwood was very interesting – it’s good to see a manager agrees with what I wrote about League One last week.

Pressley was quick to back-up the thoughts there’s nothing in League One and the difference between the top and the bottom of the league are minimal to say the least.

One thing which you can see Pressley has already done at Fleetwood is go back to the very basics of work hard, stick to the plan and win your own battle. And I think it’s those principles which have helped Blackpool turn things around in recent weeks.

In the brief chats we’ve had with McDonald he’s been quick to emphasise his demands of each player taking responsiblity.

He wants his defenders to be first to the ball in their own area, his midfielders to win the second ball in the middle and the strikers to work hard.

And it’s those basics which I really think can take both sides far in this division.

Tomorrow is another big test for the Seasiders who come up against a Bury side right in the thick of the play-offs.

Many were surprised to see the Shakers win seven on the bounce earlier this season and maybe their form has levelled out a little now.

But they, like Fleetwood, work hard and are well drilled and will be tough to play against.

More than 2,000 are planning on making the trip to Gigg Lane in the morning, I just hope it all goes smoothly.

I know there are protests planned against the Oystons, hopefully they’ll remain off the field.

It was interesting to read a statement from FC United this week which talked about their protests respecting the football and fellow fans and therefore not threatening the game.

There’s been no suggestion of pitch invasions tomorrow, and I for one hope it stays that way.

Protests are welcome, we live in a free contry afterall, but for the team to suffer a points deduction now would be a real blow.