Familiar faces to return tonight

Talks will continue with Swindon's Paul Caddis
Talks will continue with Swindon's Paul Caddis
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Paul Ince has promised a much stronger line-up for tonight’s friendly against Witton Albion (7.30pm).

Blackpool fielded a team of triallists in the 3-1 defeat at Kendal on Tuesday, when their whole first-team remained at home.

But the full squad is expected to travel to Greater Manchester tonight before taking on League Two York City on Saturday.

The Seasiders were this morning waiting on the results of Bobby Grant’s medical.

The Rochdale striker was on the Fylde coast yesterday and could make his first Pool appearance tonight should one or two minor issues in negociations be ironed out.

Pool also remain in talks with Swindon’s Paul Caddis.

The defender rejected Pool’s first offer but it’s believed talks will continue between now and the weekend.

Despite Ince hating the system, one or two triallists may also be involved this evening ahead of being offered deals at Bloomfield Road.

But he promised: “The familiar faces will be back tonight.

“Because of the situation we are in, we had to put the Kendal game on for the trial players.

“We had to have a game for them to see what they were all about but we’ll have most of the first-team squad back in action at Witton.”

The senior players have each had only 90 minutes of pre-season football so far: 45 minutes at Penrith and another 45 behind closed doors against Morecambe last Saturday.

And Ince hopes to step up their game time between now and the season-opener at Doncaster on August 3.

He said: “I need to get some minutes into their legs.

“Ideally, we want each player to get 360 minutes of football before the start of the season.

“We have to start building up the players to playing 90 minutes in the final friendly against Newcastle (on Sunday week).”

But with three friendlies in six days, Ince is wary of pushing his players too far too soon.

“We have to be careful we don’t get any injuries,” he added. “You only have to look at what happened to Matty Phillips.

“That was a body blow, so we have to be careful with the players we have.”

Admission to tonight’s game at Wincham Park, Northwich, is £6 (£4 over-65s, £2 students and U15s).