BLACKPOOL’S injury blight shows little sign of abating – but John O’Kane says the fighting spirit required to tide the Seasiders over will be in evidence once more against Chesterfield at Bloomfield Road tomorrow.
“We’ll roll our sleeves up like we did against Wrexham and try and do a job again,” said the former Everton and Manchester United man.
The crippling injury situation is set to ease slightly with loan defender Stephen Caldwell looking to have a good chance of returning and boss Steve McMahon hinting that at least one of the other crocked players has an outside chance of making it.
And even with at least half a dozen first teamers still out, an upbeat O’Kane said Pool can still do the business against the Spireites.
“We’ve got some very good players out at the moment but those that have come in have done a good job. We are still a good strong side, we’re still giving teams a test and we have been a little bit unlucky,” he said.
O’Kane, 27 next month, is happy at the way things have gone with Blackpool so far.
“I’m enjoying it here – the gaffer wants us to play good football, even when we are behind, which is good. The fans have been great and I’m enjoying it.”
As to the challenge posed by Chesterfield, O’Kane said: “We’ll play our football, I don’t know too much about them, but it’s how we play that matters.
“We were unlucky not to have more points to show from the games at Peterborough and Wrexham. We just need a good run of five or six games and we’ll be thereabouts.”
Pool suffered another blow this week with the news that last season’s loan hero Danny Shittu, whom McMahon had long been tracking in the hope of persuading him to return to Bloomfield Road for a further temporary spell, had instead joined Division Two rivals QPR on loan.
McMahon said: “I’m disappointed at the outcome. All through the summer and even within the last month I’ve been on the phone to Alan Curbishley. Half the time he hasn’t returned my calls and sometimes he has and said he’s not available.
“I would have liked someone to at least have spoken to me to tell me Danny has gone to QPR and I would have had no hang-ups about it but it’s their prerogative.”
He added that there was no point in dwelling on the matter and said he had not completely ruled out a future move for Shittu
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