A Look Ahead To The Weekend
Blackpool welcome Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers to Bloomfield Road on Saturday as they look to build on their encouraging start to the season.
Paul Ince has no fresh injury concerns, with captain Barry Ferguson still on the sidelines recovering from an ankle operation. Bradley Orr is ineligible to face his parent club due to the terms of his loan agreement.
Blackburn head into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Charlton, but still remain comfortably poised in mid-table under manager Gary Bowyer.
Former Pool favourite DJ Campbell is back in the squad for the weekend and is pushing for a first start of the season. However, Paul Robinson, Ruben Rochina and David Dunn remain on the sidelines with injury, while defender Grant Hanley is suspended.
The Seasiders have faced Rovers on 50 occasions in competitive matches, winning 15, drawing 14 and losing 21.
29 March 2013 – Blackburn 1 Blackpool 1
15 December 2012 – Blackpool 2 Blackburn 0
Gary Bowyer landed the permanent manager’s role on a one-year rolling contract after previously being the caretaker manager. He’d previously had spells as the reserve and youth team manager.
Despite successive defeats, Bowyer’s side have enjoyed a solid start to the season, picking up 15 points from their opening 12 games, leaving them safely positioned in 11th in the table, seven points shy of the play-off positions.
- Blackburn have failed to keep a clean sheet on their travels this season, the last time they did so in all competitions was in an FA Cup sixth round tie at Millwall in March.
- Blackpool are looking to pick up their fourth successive clean sheet this weekend.
- Pool remain unbeaten at Bloomfield Road this season, after winning four and drawing two of their games at home so far.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Blackburn's last three away games in The Championship.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Blackpool's last 13 home games in The Championship.
Paul Tierney (Lancashire)
Tierney last refereed Pool in a shock home defeat in the Capital One Cup against Morecambe in August 2012.
Goals from Lewis Alessandra and Andrew Fleming gave the League Two side a surprise victory in the first round over their neighbours, with Alex Baptiste’s late goal not enough for The Seasiders.