Blackpool: Same old story for Holloway

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway admits it feels like they have been going through their very own Groundhog Day during the recent cold snap.

The Seasiders have had their last three home matches - against Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool - called off because

Bloomfield Road does not have undersoil heating.

Snow and ice in the north west have also meant Holloway has had to come up with some creative solutions to allow training just to continue, never mind remain challenging for players halfway through their maiden Barclays Premier League season.

The trip to Sunderland tomorrow may, at last, offer a welcome release to a squad which has not played a competitive match since December 11 - a 1-0 win at Stoke.

"It's like Groundhog Day; we've had three cancellations now. The first everyone played and we didn't," Holloway said.

"We are trying to train athletes in this weather but it is ridiculous.

"Where would you put a racehorse in weather like this? We've tried training on the beach and even that was frozen.

"We've been indoors but the clever thing is we are monitoring what has happened to our lads after we have used certain surfaces.

"Last year we got two or three injuries by repeating the same surface so we are trying to swap it around and it won't cause a problem for their bodies."

The postponement of their last two matches mean captain Charlie Adam will miss the match at the Stadium of Light as he has had a one-match suspension hanging over him for accumulating five bookings.

"If he had planned this it would have been great for him because he's had Christmas off but I don't think he has!" joked Holloway.

"Players want to play, they don't like it when they are not playing and

Charlie is no different."

Defender Craig Cathcart admits the recent bad weather has been difficult for the players, although he also thinks it could have a

positive effect in the medium term.

"It has not helped us that much and we haven't really trained on grass for a couple of weeks now," he told Tangerine Player.

"We just want a game now but either way we go into the new year in a good league position and playing well.

"I wouldn't say a fixture backlog is a worry because we go into every game thinking we can win it.

"We will look at games in hand as three points to win but you definitely want to play every week as a footballer because a two-weak break can give you a lack of fitness - although maybe it break might do us good.

"Over Christmas you want to be playing as much as you can but (usually] when you play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, the Tuesday games take a lot out of you because you only get one or two days to recover."

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