Bash says Pool won’t go soft

Chris Basham gets stuck in
Chris Basham gets stuck in
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Chris Basham insists Blackpool will not change their tough-tackling style, even if it risks yet more red cards.

Pool are in the disciplinary spotlight for today’s home clash with QPR, having had five players sent off in their last two games.

But Basham says manager Paul Ince won’t stand for any half-hearted challenges from his charges.

“I think it will be on everyone’s mind not to get another red card,” he admitted.

“But the manager doesn’t want us pulling out of challenges. He wants us to play our normal game. It could get feisty, so we can’t be pulling out of anything.”

Basham has his own disciplinary concern – he is just one yellow card from a suspension, after picking up four so far this season.

The Pool utility man added: “I just have to play my own game and if I get the fifth yellow, then I get it.

“In the Derby game last Saturday, I knew I was on four yellows and there were a couple of tackles I maybe could have gone in for but I thought twice.”

Blackpool are looking to bounce back after poor defeats at Yeovil and Derby, but it won’t be easy against high-flying Rangers.

Basham said: “It’s a big game. At home we are very strong (beaten only once in nine games this season) and we go into the game with every confidence.

“The Derby game wasn’t like us at all. Letting in five goals was a big shock.

“One thing we always do at Blackpool is put things right, and that’s what we are looking to do. We always bounce back in the right way.

“QPR have quality all over but so do we.

“The players coming back (Kirk Broadfoot, Craig Cathcart) is good news for us.

“We don’t fear facing quality – we look forward to it. We enjoy the challenges and we do better against the bigger teams in the league.”

Today’s game sees a familiar face return to Bloomfield Road in former Pool winger Matt Phillips.

And Basham is looking forward to facing his old mate. He added: “Matt will be a real danger for us. He’s done well in the last few games for them.

“I’m looking forward to playing against him. He’s a top player and it will be nice to see him.”