Blackpool Gazette Sports Editor Andy Moore interviewed Warren Spragg in midweek. Here are the main issues that Warren discussed, courtesy of the Gazette:
On Old Elthamians: the preparation for the game was fine but we ended up compounding our errors. When we made an initial mistake we would follow it up with more mistakes and concede points. It was very frustrating. Old Elthamians are a good team but not exceptional and we should not have let them get so far away from us and score so many points. Had we lost by five or 10 points, maybe we could have handled that but the final scoreline was very, very disappointing.
On Reassessing targets: “We have got the players to look at their own individual targets and standards, and at ways they can get better as a group. We want the players to try to make changes for the better by adding to their training programme or their attitudes to training.
“We had conversations with all the players last week and preparation was good but they did not back it up with their performance on Saturday. There’s no point training well unless every ounce of energy is being thrown into the game on Saturday. We have to be better with our discipline and intensity but first and foremost we need to play for 80 minutes.
On the hamstring injury to George Brookes: “The timing isn’t too bad because we have Henry Hadfield back this weekend after concussion. He has done a bit of training and will do contact on Thursday. George tried to stay on but we pulled him off . He has had a scan and hopefully will not be out too long but it’s a disappointment for George.
“But we are thin on numbers in the backs, with James Bailey, Tom Grimes and Chris Briers all out and Ralph Dowds will be missing for another month, which is longer than we had hoped.
We don’t have the competition we wanted in the backs but we are healthier in the forwards. Adam McCarthy is available and Alex Loney is ready to play, so we have the sort of selection headaches we want in the forwards but less so in the backs.
On Saturday’s forthcoming game against Plymouth: “They haven’t played for a while, so it is difficult to know what to expect. The optimist in me hopes they will be rusty and we can take advantage of their long trip. They are travelling up on Friday, so let’s hope it’s a rubbish trip and we can catch them cold and deliver a well-drilled performance! Having said that, they are used to the travelling and will want to avenge their defeat here last season.
On Sam Moore and Dual Registration “It was frustrating for all parties. I spoke to Sam on 5.45am on the Saturday morning and it may be that we will not see him again. I know a few clubs find the dual registration rule frustrating and think it disadvantages clubs by parachuting players in. But the system was created to try to provide matches on a consistent basis for young professionals with Premiership clubs.
“If I’m bringing a full-time player into my group, it gives our own young players someone to compare themselves to and it gives them a better idea of what it takes to reach that level. I know it can frustrate players and destabilise the squad, but Sam coming in and training with us was great for this group.”