ANDERTON’S AIM

Nick Anderton is ea­ger to press on at Black­pool after his Ac­cring­ton loan

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

NICK Anderton is de­ter­mined to play his part at Black­pool after find­ing his League One feet on loan at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

The 22-year-old de­fender spent the first part of the sea­son at Accy and thrived in John Cole­man’s side as he made 25 ap­pear­ances.

His form clearly im­pressed his par­ent club, who opted to keep him in their ranks when he re­turned this month.

Anderton was on the bench for the Seasiders’ FA Cup clash with Arse­nal last week­end and he’s vow­ing to work as hard as he can to get in Terry McPhillips’ first XI.

“I’m go­ing back with the mind­set that I’ve been out, played half a sea­son and I’ve got that ex­pe­ri­ence so I want to play ev­ery game – that’s my aim,” Anderton, who joined Black­pool from Non-League Bar­row in 2017, told The FLP.

Mind­set

“I’m 22 now. Last year was a bit stop-start where I didn’t play as much as I wanted to. At the be­gin­ning of this sea­son when Gary Bowyer was still in charge it didn’t look like I was go­ing to be play­ing so for­tu­nately I got a good loan move to a League One side and feel I did well.

“I loved it at Ac­cring­ton. That’s what I needed after com­ing from play­ing ev­ery week at Na­tional League level at a young age to not play­ing. Ev­ery foot­baller wants to play ev­ery week – you get con­fi­dence and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We were do­ing well at Ac­cring­ton – at one point we were fourth and then we strug­gled a bit – and there’s a lot of good play­ers there.

“It’s a great club with how it’s run. Andy Holt the chair­man has worked won­ders, as has the gaffer John Cole­man and his staff – Jimmy Bell and John Doolan and all the coaches have a good re­la­tion­ship with all the play­ers. They get the best out of them.

“It’s well-doc­u­mented they don’t have a big bud­get for wages but it’s a good club. It was sold out for the games against Barns­ley and Sun­der­land and I re­ally en­joyed it there.”

Anderton was one of Non-League’s most highly-rated de­fend­ers at Bar­row when Black­pool snapped him up.

And he says reg­u­lar time at Ac­cring­ton has helped him feel he be­longs in League One.

“When I played in the Na­tional League ev­ery week and against ev­ery team, you know in your­self, ‘I’m de­pend­able, I can play at this level’,” he said. “I kind of needed to go out and ex­pe­ri­ence that week-in, week-out.

“When I went to Ac­cring­ton there was no guar­an­tee I was go­ing to play. I took a gam­ble re­ally be­cause I went to an­other League One side when I’d only played four or five games in this divi­sion be­fore.

“League One is very com­pet­i­tive. Luton came up and they’re fly­ing, Ac­cring­ton are do­ing well, so are Wy­combe. You’ve got mas­sive clubs like Sun­der­land, Barns­ley, Portsmouth, Luton is a big club. Ev­ery game is tough. But at Ac­cring­ton we went into ev­ery game try­ing to win.”

While off-field is­sues, fan protests and boy­cotts have dom­i­nated much of Black­pool’s sea­son, the play­ers can only con­cen­trate on their own per­for­mances.

And Anderton says they’re ca­pa­ble of mak­ing a push for the play­offs.

“If you go on a run of four wins in a row you’re around the play­offs,” Anderton said. “Get­ting mo­men­tum in the league is mas­sive. This is the im­por­tant time of the sea­son when ev­ery­thing is to play for.

“I’m go­ing to train hard and work hard. I want to play my part at Black­pool. It’s a strong squad and I want to be a part of us work­ing our way up the ta­ble.”

PIC­TURE: PSI Si­mon Davies, PA Images

GOOD EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Nick Anderton in his loan spell at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley and, in­set, Stan­ley man­ager John Cole­man

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