Blackpool manager Simon Grayson insists that despite his side’s form improving lately, his style has remained the same since he re-joined the Seasiders over the summer.
Blackpool have won four games in a row and have scored 11 goals in that process, and find themselves fifth in the League One table, just five points behind the top two in the League One table.
Before then, Blackpool had been on a five-game winless run and some fans issued their concerns over the side’s style of play.
Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette on Wednesday, Grayson said: “My philosophy hasn’t changed from the start of the season until now, we want to win games with a solid base defensively but also we want to play attacking football and score goals.”
Grayson noted that injuries and suspensions were partly behind Blackpool’s slump in form and said on Wednesday: “The reason why we didn’t score too many goals was because of the unavailability of players, but it’s no coincidence that when your three or four best players are back on the pitch it gives you that extra threat going forward.”
Despite the recent up-turn in Blackpool’s form, Grayson doesn’t think it will lead to him being put under any less scrutiny.
“As coaches and managers we’re all there to be scrutinised with everything we do, you try to do it to the best of your abilities and work with the group of players you have available to you,” Grayson told the Blackpool Gazette.
Blackpool face a tricky trip to Ipswich Town on Saturday, knowing a win and results going in their favour could see the Seasiders close the gap to the top-two to just two points.
Grayson is a seasoned-pro at League One level, having won promotion from the division on four separate occasions.
He is right to point out that it is no coincidence that Blackpool’s form has improved since key players have come back into the squad and have added extra threats to the side when going forward.
Grayson is clearly realistic and it is refreshing that he acknowledges he is in a position that will be scrutinised, despite this it is clear that Grayson will stick to his philosophy and remains confident that his way of working will benefit the club in the long-run.