Portsmouth will face a Blackpool side on a different level to last season

Pompey take on a Blackpool side that’s on a different level to last season.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 12:51 am

Manager Simon Grayson believes the Seasiders have stepped it up a notch following their recruitment this summer.

Simon Sadler’s takeover at Bloomfield Road outfit allowed Blackpool to attract better players.

They've signed the likes of Joe Nuttall – previously linked with Pompey – from Blackburn, ex-Rangers man Ryan Hardie and Ben Heneghan has returned from Sheffield United.

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Tom Naylor in action during Pompey's 1-0 loss to Blackpool at Fratton Park last season. Picture: Joe Pepler

Blackpool finished 10th in League One last term but currently sit second and are unbeaten from their opening five games.

Pompey defeated the Seasiders 2-1 in the fixture last season but lost 1-0 at Fratton Park.

And Grayson feels the Blues will be given a sterner test tomorrow.

He told the Blackpool Gazette ‘When you look at the squad, it’s a real strong squad at this moment.

‘That’s no disrespect to the players here last year but the whole club has moved to a different level.

‘Players have gone out of the club because they’ve needed some game time.

‘But they’ve also gone out because we’ve been able to attract what we think is a different level of quality.

‘That’s because our finances are a little bit richer to allow us to go out and get those players. It’s all relevant to where you are in the market.

‘But one thing I won’t do is sign someone for the sake of it. I want value for money.

‘I’m not prepared to go through with a deal if the player wants extortionate wages. If that’s the case, I’ll move on to another target.’