We still want promotion, says defender

Blackpool's Craig Cathcart
Blackpool's Craig Cathcart
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CRAIG Cathcart says Blackpool’s ambitions haven’t changed this season – they still want promotion, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The Seasiders have drawn all four games under Michael Appleton, slipping to 16th in the Championship, and many fans are feeling low.

But central defender Cathcart is convinced there will be no stopping Pool once they get a win.

He said: “We didn’t become a bad team overnight. We were beating teams well earlier in the season.

“We were scoring the first goal and playing really well. We need to find ways to break through and score that first goal to put teams under pressure.

“Our priorities haven’t changed. We want to get promoted again.”

Blackpool finally went ahead against Birmingham on Tuesday but couldn’t hold on for victory.

But Cathcart thinks it’s a good sign that they are proving so difficult to beat. “The new manager is making little changes and little differences to the way we play,” he said. “I think that can only be healthy.

“He had seen us play in the Championship against his teams and he knows the league well. I’m sure any little changes will be beneficial.

“He wants to make us harder to beat.

“We hadn’t drawn too many games before he came – it was either win well or lose well. But since he came in I think we’ve been harder to beat. “

Much was made of Ian Evatt’s recent comments about former boss Ian Holloway. The defender claimed standards had slipped at Bloomfield Road.

And fellow centre-half Cathcart agrees the players were starting to sense all was not well.

He admitted: “It would have been hard not to notice something was going on.

“We were having a lot more days off and obviously you hear all the rumours in football.

“People talk in the changing rooms and it was inevitable that he was going to leave. That’s football.”

Blackpool travel to Peterborough on Saturday, desperate for their first win under the new boss.

And Cathcart is sure that once one arrives Pool won’t look back.

He said: “Hopefully the new manager can push us back up the table. He wanted to bring discipline into the team.

“The first thing he told us was that he didn’t want to change anything massively, he just wanted to make little tweaks here and there.

“We just need a win to get going; once we do, we’ll be fine.”