ECHOSPORT talks to Blackpool fan Nathan Cowburn ahead of Saturday’s clash at Roots Hall.

Blackpool started the season with a good win against Bristol Rovers. What was your take on the game?

“The whole day was a bit surreal if I’m honest. The majority of Blackpool fans haven’t had an opening day game to look forward to for a long time because of the previous owner.

"It felt so good to be back at Bloomfield Road and, on the pitch, the team delivered a decent performance, full of attacking intent which we lacked last season.

"A lot of players also seemed to step up their game, which is great to see and credit goes to new manager Simon Grayson.”

What are the hopes for this season?

“Our new owner wants us to be back in the Championship in the next two years.

A sustained push for a top six finish is a realistic and achievable target this season. Simon Grayson has the experience of getting promoted from this League on four occasions.

"Let’s hope he can work his magic again.”

There certainly seems to be a lot more positivity around the club again?

“There certainly is.

"The dark clouds of the previous ownership have been lifted and we are entering a bright new era at Blackpool Football Club.

"We have an owner who is a genuine fan, is prepared to invest in the football club and has ambition for Blackpool to once again return to the Premier League one day.

"The club hit rock bottom under the previous owner but now we are well and truly on the up.”

Who is the dangerman in the team?

“New signing Sulley Kaikai will prove a handful for any League One defence this season. His pace and trickery is what we need and he is a signing that has all Blackpool fans excited.”

What’s the team news?

“Matty Virtue, who missed the opening game, could return while goalkeeper Mark Howard is recovering from a long term injury.”