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Blackpool are at Burnley tomorrow with their manager Michael Appleton who replaced Neil Critchley ahead of the new season.

It’s Appleton’s second spell in the hot seat at Bloomfield Road and by next week it will have been a longer stay than last time when he walked after thirty-three days to go to Blackburn. He didn’t manage Blackpool last time against us but he twice faced us while manager of Portsmouth and our 1-1 draw at Ewood in March 2013 brought an end to his time there; he was sacked two days later.

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He’s outlined his plans for tomorrow’s game and said his Blackpool team will continue the attractive, expansive football they’ve played so far this season. “It’s all I know,” Appleton said. “It’s what I’ve been brought up doing, it’s what I’ve done with all the teams I’ve coached.

“What it does is produce players, it helps develop players and I think it’s the right way to go for us because we’re growing as a football club and it’s only our second season in the Championship for a period of time. If they can do it on a regular basis and come to places like QPR and pick the points up (as they did this week), we’re certainly on the right path.”

They had opportunities to win by more than the one goal and Appleton said: “That’s been the story to be fair of pretty much every game this season. The first half at Stoke is the only forty-five minutes where I’ve been really disappointed, although we turned it around a little bit in the second half.

“We look dangerous, we look like we can score goals but we’re obviously not hitting the net on a regular basis at the minute. But the most pleasing thing, more than anything, taking the Stoke game away we’ve had three out of five clean sheets in the games we’ve played and we should have four out of five. All I’m doing is trying to tweak the style of play and be a bit more progressive by being braver on the ball, but not going away from what they’ve been so good at over the last few seasons.”

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Tomorrow’s game is being billed as a derby, although both Burnley and Blackpool fans won’t quite see it that way. Our manager Vincent Kompany has played in one North West derby and he said yesterday: “I’ve always lived for derbies no matter the shirt I’ve worn in the past. It gives fans something extra to look forward to, and those games usually have a bit more pressure. It has to make us grow and I’m hoping the team is out there with a positive performance, and on top of that a positive result.

Kompany has watched Blackpool and said of them: “In general, the team has been compact and organised. There’s a good idea behind what they try to do, and they’re good on the ball which makes them dangerous. We’ve seen with Watford already that teams can change on the day, so I’m not too attached to what they do. It’s a home game though and we’re wanting to reward ourselves with results we’ve missed out on so far for whatever reason. It’s something we’re looking forward to.

“It’s not just that teams have come and sat behind the ball because we’ve come with big names. This is largely a new squad. Of course, you’re a bigger name because you’ve come from the Premier League but, in general, there’s lots of new faces. We’ve earned that through runs in behind, being tidy on the ball, being aggressive when we lose it, and covering the ball quickly. That’s how the picture starts to appear.”

The manager was asked about the quality of the goals we’ve scored but was quick to respond with: “I’ll take ugly goals as well,” adding: “I do have a strong desire to have a high goalscoring team, but I know that it’s not something which comes straight away. I am of the belief though that you can score from any phase of football. This is one of the moments where we try and find a solution to get into dangerous areas all the time.

“We’ve had such positive performances but then been on a knife edge because we’ve not been able to put any distance between us and anyone we’ve played so far. In terms of how it looks and the stats, we were on top, but we’ve not been able to do it in the results. That’s where we’re at and we know that we’ve got to keep concentration high. If it’s 1-0 to us, then that’s how it stays.”

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