Home wins on Appy’s menu

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MICHAEL Appleton is targeting two wins in four days to fire Pool up the Championship table.

The Seasiders have come from behind to draw Appleton’s first two matches in charge, against Bolton and Bristol City.

But now the manager is hoping for six points from the back-to-back home games against Watford tomorrow and Birmingham on Tuesday.

Appleton said: “All games are winnable in this division but we are looking to get some points on the board in the next week

“With two home games coming up, we have to be looking to get as many points as we can.

“We have to use our home games as a platform to kick on to bigger and better things, and hopefully that can start on Saturday.”

But Appleton warned: “We have to look after the players properly in the next week, with three games in eight days (they visit Peterborough a week tomorrow).

“But we might have to look at freshening things up because it will be tough.”

Blackpool welcome Watford to Bloomfield Road tomorrow boosted by the return of midfielder Isaiah Osborne. But Appleton’s bad luck with injuries continues, with centre-half Ian Evatt set to miss the Hornets clash with a knee problem.

And with attackers Matt Phillips and Gary Taylor-Fletcher out long-term, Appleton’s squad will again be stretched. The manager knows Gianfranco Zola’s visitors will pose a huge threat.

He said: “What Watford do is defend their box and get men behind the ball really well, then they counter well.

“We have to be cautious when we are in possession. I don’t want to be attacking on the edge of their box and within three seconds be defending a counter-attack up the other end.

“They get plenty of bodies up there, almost as many as us. They have great options all over the pitch.

“It’s not easy keeping so many players happy but Zola has been great there.

“It’s taken time for him to get going but they have now.

“We probably won’t see the best of Watford until the New Year.”

After a solid performance at Bristol City, Appleton wants his side to be among the goals tomorrow.

He feels Pool have just been missing that bit of luck in the final third.

Appleton added: “It’s different away from home – you only have to look at the stats from the Bolton game at Bloomfield Road to see how many chances we created.

“But we are playing a decent side, who are on a good run.

“They have a style of play which makes them very hard to beat. They counter attack really quickly, I’ve seen that in the videos.”