Blackpool may be at the bottom of the Championship table, but Leeds United manager Neil Redfern is not underestimating them.
The West Yorkshire club will host the Seasiders at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday.
Both Blackpool and Leeds are struggling at the moment. While the former have picked up just seven points from 16 matches, the latter are 17th in the league table with 17 points.
On paper, Leeds have the better side and playing at home will give them an advantage, but the club’s newly-appointed full-time manager Redfearn sees Blackpool as a real threat.
‘Everyone can look at the league table and see that they are bottom of the league but I think they have changed’, The Yorkshire Post quotes the Englishman as saying.
‘Obviously they have changed their manager, they have brought four or five players in, they are playing a bit differently and to go and put themselves 2-0 up at Fulham is no mean feat. And then they went and got a point with ten men. They’re decent.
‘They’re not bad and when I look at their squad they’ve got decent players. He (Lee Clark) has brought one or two better players in and they’ve got pace in the side so it’s going to be a tough game for us’.
Lee Clark was appointed the Blackpool manager last month and has endured mixed results in his two games in charge of the club so far.
The Tangerines went down 2-0 to Ipswich Town at home last weekend, but on Wednesday they held Fulham to a 2-2 draw away from home.
In fact, Blackpool were actually 2-0 up before the half-hour mark at Craven Cottage, and that should worry Leeds.
The Whites have gone close to winning matches in recent weeks, but they have not picked up maximum points from a single Championship fixture since September.
Leeds are under pressure to head into the two-week international break on a positive note.