Daniels ready for tough Norwich test

Donervon Daniels
Donervon Daniels
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Donervon Daniels hopes Blackpool can maintain their good defensive form against one of the Championship’s most lethal sides.

The Seasiders have conceded just one goal in their last three games and even that was from the penalty spot.

This afternoon Blackpool welcome high-flying Norwich to town as Jose Riga’s men look for their first win of the season, and Daniels is hoping for a repeat of the recent shut-outs.

“The longer we can keep this run going, the better,” he said.

“We are working really hard on the training ground now in our defensive work and our shape and it’s really working for us on a match day.

“It’s coming together nicely.

“I think we’ve done well defensively lately and to keep clean sheets against good sides like Brighton and Wolves has been great.

“The clean sheets have been good and as a defender I’m really happy.

“I think it shows just how much we are growing as a team.”

Daniels has been an ever present since joining the Seasiders on a six-month loan deal from Premier League side West Brom.

The 20-year-old has gained plaudits with his powerful displays and is set for a real test up against Norwich’s Cameron Jerome.

The striker has fired six goals in five games since joining from Stoke, something which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Daniels.

He said: “Personally I always look at who I’m set to face at the weekend.

“I’m looking forward to testing myself against someone who I consider to be a Premier League player in Cameron Jerome.

“But I don’t treat it any different just because he’s in form, it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

Blackpool could have a defensive crisis on their hands tomorrow with Jeffrey Rentmeister ruled out and Peter Clarke again a doubt.

Clarke hasn’t trained all week after missing last weekend’s game through illness and boss Riga is hoping the experienced defender will be fit to play.

Despite attempts to add to their squad this week, as yet no progress as been made in the transfer market.

While Daniels may well be the only fit central defender at the club, the youngster insists he’s loving learning his trade with Blackpool and paid tribute to the fans.

“I’m really enjoying myself at this level,” he beamed.

“I really appreciate how the fans have been with me since I arrived.

“When you’re a loan player the reaction of the fans to you can make or break you.

“The fans here have had a massive impact on me and I’ve kept my head down and worked really hard.

“The environment is perfect here for me to develop.

“I feel like I’m really getting used to the Championship now but I know there’s big tests to come.

“I just want to keep learning from the experienced players around me in the team.”