Phil Parkinson - Stake a claim

Wanderers manager demands response from players against the Seasiders

Phil Parkinson has called on his players selected for Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Blackpool to do their utmost to retain their place in the side.

Having lost their last two outings against Rochdale and Oxford United, the Wanderers manager confirmed he plans to make changes for the clash with the Seasiders.

Wanting to see a reaction from his side, Parkinson outlined what he expects from his team when previewing the match with

“We’re looking forward to the match,” said the Whites boss. “It would have been a very long week without a game.

“It’s good to have a game quickly after the performance levels at the weekend. I’m pleased we’ve got it. 

“There will be changes in the team from the weekend. I will keep those close to my chest at the moment.

“Dean Moxey has a problem with his groin and Chris Taylor is still ill, but everyone else is ok. 

“The training ground has been a very quiet place the last couple of days because we know we let ourselves down at the weekend. 

“I’m looking for whoever gets selected to play the role they are given and to stake a claim to be involved in the next league game.

“It’s really up to the players coming in show that they want to be involved. The one’s who have retained their place need to make a statement.”

Parkinson continued: “We don’t approach it any differently. We’re taking it as the next game and want to get back to playing on a match day how we’ve set out to do on the training ground. 

“We need to take our qualities back out onto the pitch. Blackpool have a decent squad for the level they are operating at and an experienced manager.

“It was a very tight game and we know we should have killed it off. Unfortunately we didn’t but hopefully we can do this time.”

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