Potts on difficult start to life in Blackpool

Brad Potts on the ball at Scunthorpe
Brad Potts on the ball at Scunthorpe
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Brad Potts admits adjusting to life at Blackpool has been tough, but the midfielder hopes he is finding his feet.

After coming through the youth ranks at Carlisle, the 21-year-old’s first football move was always going to be a tough but walking into the Blackpool FC madness was exceptionally tricky.

But after his first goal for the club earned Pool’s opening win of the season at Scunthorpe, Northumberland-born Potts hopes life will become easier.

“It’s been hard. It’s not nice coming in every day when you’re losing,” Potts admitted.

“The win on Saturday has made a real difference. The lads have been buzzing. It’s been hard to move away but I’m starting to settle in now.

“It’s taken a bit of time but the lads have been great, and if we start to win games now that will make everything better.

“If we are winning, then there’s a better feeling around the place. If we can push on now, it will make everyone’s lives much easier and we can be happy.”

Despite his young age, Potts has made more than 100 appearances for Carlisle in League One and Two.

So he’s more than aware of what it takes to succeed at this level. He added: “Before the season started, the aim was to get a win as soon as possible but it’s taken six league games. We needed that win but hopefully we can build on it now.

“We’ve shown in patches what we can do. We just haven’t managed to get the goals. We were all delighted to finally get a win,”

Saturday’s goal, only Potts’ second of 2015, wasn’t exactly a finish he’ll be telling his grandkids about.

“I can’t really remember the goal. It hit the defender, then hit my chest or something,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to be honest. It was just great to see it go in.

“It was definitely over the line and it’s good that it was given. Hopefully it’s the first of many.”

Blackpool face another long trip this weekend to top-of-the-table Gillingham.

The Seasiders are likely to line-up defensively again, with five across the midfield.

Potts feels the system will give them a chance against the Gills. He said: “The gaffer changed formation and tried to make it hard for teams to break us down. The five in midfield made a real difference on Saturday.

“We have a tough game now at Gillingham, but if we work hard I’m sure we can get something. If we don’t get beaten we’ll be happy.”