Mackenzie promises different Blackpool at Brighton

Blackpool's Gary Mackenzie
Blackpool's Gary Mackenzie
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Gary Mackenzie says you’ll see a different Blackpool against Brighton this weekend.

The Seasiders have had to battle through two home games against teams with a direct style on a shocking Bloomfield Road pitch this week.

But on Saturday they face an in-form Brighton side on a carpet of a surface on the South coast.

Blackpool have done well away from home under Paul Ince, and Scottish defender Mackenzie is looking forward to the weekend’s game.

“You’ll see a totally different side to us on Saturday,” he said.

“We have nothing to fear going to Brighton.

“We have players who can express themselves on a good pitch against a good passing team.

“We are all looking forward to Saturday now, we might actually be able to string a couple of passes together.”

The centre half has enjoyed life at Blackpool since arriving on loan from MK Dons last month.

He’s built up a superb partnership with Kirk Broadfoot at the heart of Pool’s defence, which has resulted in five clean sheets from his nine games so far.

“I started here with a clean sheet in my first game, and since then we’ve defended really well,” said Mackenzie.

“We must be up there in terms of defensive record since I’ve been here, and that’s important.

“The manager has talked about building foundations and keeping clean sheets.

“I’m enjoying my time here.

“I missed about 25 games this season with injury, so I’m just enjoying playing football.

“We are picking up points, and have good momentum, we just need to get over the line now.

“Then we can enjoy playing our football.”

Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday moves the Seasiders onto 55 points, four from the relegation zone.

And Mackenzie is the first to admit it was far from pretty.

He said: “It wasn’t the best game, but we had to deal with it.We knew before the game how they were going to approach it, and we just had to match them.

“The pitch made our start a little sloppy.

“But as things went on we settled down, and after the first 15 or 20 minutes I think we dominated the game.

“The style of Sheffield Wednesday didn’t surprise us, we knew they’d go long.

“It’s part and parcel of football, there’s different styles.”