Blyth spirit just what Pool need

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joshua Richards

LOA­NEE striker Ja­cob Blyth is hop­ing he can fire Black­pool to League One safety.

The 23-year-old this week joined the Seasiders on loan un­til the end of the sea­son from Premier League lead­ers Le­ices­ter City.

Blyth scored five times last sea­son while on loan at Bur­ton Al­bion and net­ted once for Cam- MK DONS man­ager Karl Robin­son is re­lieved Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che has al­lowed him to take de­fender Kevin Long on an emer­gency loan deal un­til the end of the sea­son.

Robin­son lost cen­tre-back Kyle McFadzean to a three­match sus­pen­sion af­ter his red card last time out in a 2-1 de­feat to Brighton.

He is also still with­out in­jured de­fen­sive pair Joe Walsh and Matt Up­son.

So, the Dons’ de­fen­sive ranks were bol­stered this week by the ar­rival of 25year-old Long from lead­ers Burn­ley.

Long can play at cen­tre- or full-back and has made 105 ca­reer ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing 27 for his par­ent club, while ear­lier this sea­son he scored two goals while on loan at Barns­ley.

And, with MK Dons still in the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion zone, Robin­son is de­lighted to have Long to call on un­til the end of the cam­paign.

“We saw him play for Barns­ley this sea­son and he was ex­cep­tional in the games we watched,” Robin­son said.

“Kevin ticks a num­ber of boxes for us. He’s a won­der­ful size and he’s good on the ball.

“I told him he’s got to come here and fight for his place.

“He could have gone to three other sides, where he would have been guar­an­teed bridge United ear­lier this cam­paign.

He is hop­ing to have a sim­i­lar ef­fect for Neil McDon­ald’s side.

He said:“I had no qualms about join­ing a rel­e­ga­tion fight.

“Black­pool shouldn`t be in a rel­e­ga­tion fight in this league, so I want to get them as high up the ta­ble as pos­si­ble.” a start, but he said he wants to come here and fight for a place. He wants to come for the right rea­sons.

“It’s key that we bring in play­ers with the right men­tal­ity, given our po­si­tion.

“I want to thank Sean Dy­che for al­low­ing us to have him. Sean raved about his men­tal­ity.

“He’ll de­fence.

“Kyle is sus­pended for three games and is one book­ing away from an­other three-match ban, while Joe Walsh and Matty Up­son are com­ing back from in­jury.

“It’s a po­si­tion in which we didn’t want to leave our­selves short go­ing into these fi­nal games.”

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