A look back at recent Derby meetings
Blackpool’s recent record at Pride Park is not fantastic, they may have lost three of the last four there, but The Seasiders have history of December success in Derbyshire.
A 2009 Boxing Day victory is the highlight of the recent Blackpool-Derby meetings, along with last season’s survival securer at Bloomfield Road.
Here we take a look at the last five meetings between the pair ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Derby 0-2 Blackpool – 26/12/09
Four years ago a Boxing Day victory at Pride Park boosted Blackpool’s promotion hopes, as a goal in each half saw off Derby.
Brett Ormerod was influential; first his shot squirmed off Jake Buxton and into the net to give Pool the lead.
The striker then put the game beyond doubt, slipping home the second past a helpless Stephen Bywater to make the game safe.
Blackpool 0-1 Derby – 17/8/11
The Rams maintained their 100% start to the 2011/2012 season with a slender 1-0 victory at Bloomfield Road.
Craig Bryson scored the only goal on 69 minutes, after Matt Gilks fumbled a free-kick from Steve Davies, now of Blackpool.
Jamie Ward also hit a post for County, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Keith Southern misfired for Pool.
Derby 2-1 Blackpool – 6/3/12
Davies has proved to be a thorn in Blackpool’s side, and netted twice in March 2012 to cancel out Thomas Ince’s opener.
The winger had put The Seasiders ahead after two minutes, following Stephen Crainey’s cross.
Davies then fired home a free-kick to level, before heading in the winner 15 minutes from time.
Derby 4-1 Blackpool – 3/11/12
The first post-Ian Holloway game ended in disaster for Blackpool, as Derby claimed a comfortable victory at Pride Park.
Theo Robinson and Bryson had put the hosts in cruise control, before Ince’s penalty halved the deficit after Richard Keogh’s handball.
However, Robinson and Conor Sammon made the score line even more one-sided.
Blackpool 2-1 Derby – 27/4/13
The Seasiders secured their Championship safety as Ludovic Sylvestre fired in a last minute winner last April.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher tapped home the opener in the first half, before Ben Davies levelled matters with a volley.
Davies was to be outdone by Sylvestre however, who volleyed home from outside the area to claim all three points.