Appleton: ‘We’re in a good place’


Michael Appleton says his squad go into Saturday’s clash against Blackpool full of confidence.

The Addicks made it a hat-trick of home wins with a 4-1 success over Exeter City in midweek, stretching the side's unbeaten league run to five fixtures.

“There has been a lot of questions asked of the players during the games, which has been important because it is up to me to have a better understanding of the players as quick as I can,” the Head Coach explained.

“We are in a good place. The lads are very confident - obviously the home games have been good to us of late and we want to add to that on Saturday.

“After Saturday, we have got the EFL Trophy game to deal with against Aston Villa’s U21s and then it gives us a little bit of a break due to the international break,” added Appleton. “You want to make sure that you are going into that period on a high, so hopefully that will be the case and we can keep that momentum going.

“The place was absolutely rocking on Tuesday night and especially once we went ahead in the game. The fans stayed with us in that first half and were patient. We had to be patient as a group as well. We were, we got our reward and then obviously in the second half we played very well.”

Appleton is well aware of the Tangerines’ threats having spent seven months in the Bloomfield Road hotseat last term.

“Blackpool will again be three, potentially five, at the back I would imagine,” he said. “They will be slightly different to the teams that we have played so far. When you have got the likes of Jordan Rhodes in your team you are obviously very dangerous because of the amount of goals he has scored.

They have got a lot of pace in the team, certainly on the left or right-hand side depending on what side CJ [Hamilton] plays on. They are a group that I know quite a bit about so it is going to be an interesting game.”

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