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Pre-Match Brief: Derby County

8 April 2014

Latest Info Ahead of Tonight's Fixture

Blackpool will play their second home game in a matter of days this evening, with Derby County the latest visitors to Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders, aiming to bounce back from defeat to Yeovil Town, will once again be without the injured Kirk Broadfoot (knee) and Ricardo Fuller (knee). Robert Earnshaw joins them on the sidelines with a calf problem, but Stephen Dobbie returns to the fold.  

Derby midfielder Will Hughes could make The Rams' starting line-up after returning from a hip problem as a substitute against Middlesbrough on Saturday. The game comes too soon for Jamie Ward (hamstring) and Simon Dawkins (groin), though. 

Manager Views

Barry Ferguson: "I said to the guys that the only saving grace is that in 72 hours they've got a game and we can put that right. We've got a home game and we'll all need to go out and prove a point to the fans."   

Steve McClaren: "Training has been good since the defeat at Middlesbrough but what counts is on the pitch at Bloomfield Road."

Ticket News

Matchday tickets remain on sale for game and can be purchased from the ticket office right up until kick-off, with any pre-booked tickets available for collection at the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 5pm.

Tickets will also be on sale for any Derby fans still wishing to make the trip. Tickets can be purchased from the away ticket booth from 6.30pm.   

Matchday tickets are priced as follows: 

£25 for Adults 
£20 for Seniors 
£17 for 16-U19 
£15 for Under-16s 

Please note: a £5 discount applies to the price of a members ticket and tickets in the East Stand are £1 cheaper than advertised.  

Match Officials

David Webb will now officiate tonight's game as a replacement for the injured Kevin Wright. Mr Webb last refereed Blackpool in August 2013, when a goal from Tom Barkhuizen gave The Seasiders a 1-0 win against Reading. He will be assisted by Gary Hilton and Simon Mather. Jeremy Simpson has been confirmed as fourth official.  

Up The Pool

The latest edition of Up The Pool, the club's matchday magazine, will be on sale around the ground and from the club shop prior to kick-off, priced at just £3. 

Robert Earnshaw is the subject of our main interview for the game, while Tony McMahon, Phil Clarkson and Radio 5Live commentator Mike Ingham also feature. Richard Keogh provides a view from an opposition perspective.    

Betting Odds

The Seasiders are priced at 13/5 to win the match, with David Goodwillie available at odds of 8/1 to open the scoring with title sponsor Sky Bet. Elliot Grandin, fresh from his goal on Saturday, is 9/2 to score at anytime during the 90 minutes. Pleaseclick here for a full list of betting options.


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