New boy White hoping to keep place

Blackpool's Hayden White
Blackpool's Hayden White
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Hayden White is hoping to keep his place in the starting line-up and earn his first win in a Blackpool shirt tomorrow, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The Seasiders welcome League One’s bottom club Crewe to Bloomfield Road as they look to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

White made his debut in Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with Millwall, just 24 hours after signing on loan from Bolton until January.

He replaced the injured Emmerson Boyce, who is expected to have recovered from a hamstring strain in time for the game. Even so, White hopes he has done enough to keep the right-back slot.

The 20-year-old said: “There’s always a bit of nerves, but I hope I can grow into it and show I have much more to offer.

“Hopefully I can improve but first things first – I hope to keep my place in the team this weekend.”

White played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday to help Pool come from behind to earn a point thanks to Jack Redshaw’s late penalty.

And he revealed the players took a bit of an ear-bashing from manager Neil McDonald at half-time

He said: “I really enjoyed my debut. I don’t think we started the best but we really grew into the game and are happy with the point.

“The manager had a few words with us at the break. We knew we had to improve and I think we managed to. Sometimes you need that little bit of luck, with a penalty or whatever, and when it came we took it. If you keep working hard you know you have a chance.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Crewe battled out a 0-0 draw at high-flying Burton in midweek but White remains confident of his first win with Blackpool. “Crewe are bottom of the table, so we are looking to take all three points off them,” he said.