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Kirk Broadfoot
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KIRK Broadfoot thinks Blackpool can benefit from playing away from Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders make the long trip to face Ipswich Town this weekend seeking their third win in four games.

Under Ian Holloway in August, Pool hammered the Tractor Boys 6-0 at home but the pitch has since taken a turn for the worst.

In recent weeks it has been almost impossible to play football on and defender Broadfoot thinks two away games (the second at Leeds on Wednesday) might help the Seasiders.

The 28-year-old said: “Maybe playing on a different pitch helps us a little and hopefully we can go down there and get a good result, but Ipswich will be a tough.

“You know Mick McCarthy will always have his team organised, and they’re a good side and a big club.

“Every game is difficult and this will be no different.”

Broadfoot has been in fine form at the heart of Pool’s defence since Michael Appleton switched him from right-back to the middle.

After initially lacking match fitness and finding the going tough, he’s made the position his own and turned in a number of eye-catching displays.

And the Scotland international says he never doubted his ability to play in the Championship.

“I’m enjoying this season. Obviously it’s different for me because every game is really competitive,” revealed the former St Mirren and Rangers player.

“There are good crowds down here and good players, so I’m really enjoying my football.

“I’ve always said that I just need a run of games to get my fitness up, and luckily enough I’ve had a couple of managers here who have believed in me and have given me those games.

“I’m feeling strong and looking forward to each game.”

Blackpool have suffered a torrid time in recent months on and off the field. But Broadfoot thinks their recent improved form shows there is promise for the rest of the season.

“A win breeds confidence but we’re not getting carried away,” he added.

“There’s another tough game coming up this weekend and we’ve been preparing as best as we can. It’s been a bit difficult with the weather but we’ve still managed to get out and get some work done.

“The boys seem upbeat. We’re just getting out and getting on with our job.

“Steve Thompson keeps us upbeat, keeps us ticking over, and I think as a professional you’ve got to get your head down, work hard and look forward to the next game.

“We went bowling last week for a bit of team bonding and the boys had a good laugh, although I think Stephen Crainey got beat and he wasn’t too happy!”

As it stands, Pool are 14th in the Championship and closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs, but there’s only one direction Broadfoot is looking.

“I don’t think you can look too far forward, but the league is that so you always know that if you go on a run you can maybe nip into the play-offs. If you don’t, you could end up down by the bottom three.

“We just need to look forward to the games coming up, hopefully put some wins together and who knows where that could take us?”