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Preview: Blues boss on Blackpool test

8 August 2019

Kevin Bond has called on a disciplined performance from his side this weekend.

Blues face a physical Blackpool team who pose an aerial threat from the likes of Armand Gnanduillet who stands at 6ft 4, so any free kicks given away around the penalty area could cause problems.

Following the opening day defeat to Coventry last weekend Blues will be hoping to get some points on the board from their first home game this weekend.

And Bond said it’s important his side learn from the defeat to the Sky Blues ahead of facing Simon Grayson’s Blackpool.

On the week leading up to the game…

It’s been a good week. We were disappointed [last weekend] because it was the first game of the season and we didn’t start the game like we wanted and there were reasons for it, but we couldn’t get after them like we wanted to until we had made a change.

Then we did but had gone a goal behind. We did enough to get back in it, had a couple of really good opportunities but it wasn’t to be.

I think we learnt a lesson, or I would like to think we learnt a lesson from that, and the key is not to make the same mistake again. We may all make mistakes but hopefully we don’t make the same mistake again.

On how the new players have settled into the group…

I think from my perspective they seem to have settled in fine but it’s not a difficult group to settle in, they are a good group of boys and make everybody feel welcome.

It’s just getting them use to what we expect from them on the pitch.

It does take a bit of time if you’re introducing new people into the group but in that we still have to get results and we’ve still got to put in a level of performance so we’re absolutely aware of that come Saturday’s game.

On the physical presence that Blackpool bring…

We are what we are from a physical point of view, but we are very aware that they have got that physical presence and they will be a threat in those areas. Everyone will need to make sure we don’t give silly free kicks away, they will be putting it in a box from corner kicks from the first opportunities they get. We are aware of that so we will try and stop as many balls as we possibly can, but when they do we have to deal with them.

On Simon Cox having another week of training…

He’d only joined in really a day and a half before last week, he could never really figure for any great length of time. He came on for just over the last twenty minutes of the game and he will be a lot better or having a full week of training as will the other players.

We’ve got Jason Demetriou just back in training which we’re thankful for, he gives us another option and a bit of competition down the right hand side which we badly need.

We have got options up front as Theo knows with the front boys and its just trying to find a way of getting them in the team and build that competition for places. The boys know if they don’t perform then someone else will take their place.

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