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GJJW Posted on 17/07/2017 07:11
How did Blackpool's new signings get on against Southport?
 
Ben Williams
The 34-year-old goalkeeper gave a calm and composed performance although he had little to do. Southport posed little threat in either half and although they had a couple of half chances in the opening period, neither of them warranted any action from Williams. Tougher tests await. Has he got the number one jersey tied down? So far you'd have to say yes, but Gary Bowyer has made no secret of his desire to bring in another shot stopper.

Nick Anderton
The left back was one of the busier performers in the opening half, keeping things tight at the back while showing plenty of willingness to break forward from deep. His time in the National League with Barrow will have done the 21-year-old the world of good and it's clear he's not afraid to get stuck in. Judging him on this display, it's fair to say club captain Andy Taylor has got a challenge on his hands if he wants to keep his spot as a first-team regular.

Peter Hartley
The centre half played as part of an orthodox back four alongside Will Aimson in the first half and dealt with Southport's front men with minimal fuss. He came close to getting on the end of a couple of set pieces in the opposition box and it's no wonder he considers himself a goalscoring centre back. He adds experience to the backline but, with Aimson the only right-footed centre back, it will be interesting to see who Gary Bowyer opts to play alongside Hartley if he is indeed considered to be Tom Aldred's natural replacement in the side.

Curtis Tilt
Blackpool dominated the lion's share of possession in the second half which meant the former Wrexham man had little to do. But when he was called upon he carried out his defensive duties with a minimal amount of fuss and showed a willingness to bring out the ball from the back. At the moment you'd have to consider him as backup but he's clearly got the potential to challenge.

Ollie Turton
Turton knows he's got a tough job displacing his former Crewe Alexandra teammate Kelvin Mellor from the right-back berth that he made his own last season. But what he has got in his favour is his flexibility, as he's able to play in both full back roles as well as in midfield. He produced a couple of clever clipped balls over the Southport backline but other than that had a quiet day at the office.

Jimmy Ryan
The former Fleetwood man came with the reputation of a player who is able to dictate play from midfield with his wide range of passing ability, and it was clear to see why with his display on Saturday. The 28-year-old showed a willingness to drop deep to pick up the ball and also impressed with his quality from set pieces. He's the sort of player Blackpool were crying out for in midfield last season, although that didn't seem to harm them too much!

Max Clayton
The highly-rated former Bolton man was the most impressive performer in the first half. From the opening whistle, the 22-year-old dropped deep from a forward role to pick up the ball in little pockets in between Southport's midfield and their backline. He was a constant threat and came close with a couple of early efforts. Keep him fit and Blackpool have got a very talented player on their hands.

Trialists
Two trialists - a goalkeeper and a midfielder - turned out for Blackpool in the second half. Unfortunately, the club wish to keep their identities under wraps. Like Williams in the first half, the goalkeeper had little to do other than make one decent save - but unfortunately for him it rebounded straight to a Southport player who stuck it away smartly. The midfielder, meanwhile, kept hold of the ball well and looked tidy enough, but didn't stamp down his authority on the game.
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TANGERINET0WERP0WER Posted on 17/07/2017 07:47

How did Blackpool's new signings get on against Southport?
I dont know who wrote this but Max Clayton definitely was NOT the most impressive performer first half...that was clearly Jimmy Ryan. Southport were pretty poor all game although their front two looked mobile and had decent touches first half. Lets not get too giddy as Blackpool had little to beat but I guess you can only beat what is in front of you and as friendlies go it was an ok workout.
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Wizaard Posted on 17/07/2017 07:57

How did Blackpool's new signings get on against Southport?
Agreed TTP.
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GJJW Posted on 17/07/2017 08:01

How did Blackpool's new signings get on against Southport?
Matt Scrafton wrote the piece pal.
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