Pool In Cup Action
Fixture | Northampton Town vs Blackpool
Date | 11 August 2015
Venue | Sixfields Stadium
Blackpool open their Capital One Cup account at League Two Northampton Town on Tuesday, looking for a first victory in the competition since 2009.
Despite a positive opening day outing at Colchester United, history doesn’t favour The Seasiders, who’ve fallen at the first hurdle in the previous four years in the League Cup.
Neil McDonald’s men picked up a draw at the weekend and will be looking to go one better on the club’s first visit to Northampton since 2006.
The manager, who gave out ten debuts on Saturday, could hand a first Pool appearance to Jarrett Rivers at Sixfields Stadium.
The Cobblers began their League Two campaign on a positive note at the weekend, claiming a 1-0 victory at newly promoted Bristol Rovers.
That win came on the back of an impressive pre-season, where Chris Wilder’s side lost just one of their friendlies against Championship opposition in Derby County.
Town have seen a massive overhaul in players take place over the summer, with the likes of Marc Richards, David Buchanan and Adam Smith coming through the door.
Another new signing, John-Joe O’Toole, bagged the winner against his former club at the weekend.
McDonald will be without goalkeeper Colin Doyle for the trip, after he dislocated his shoulder in Saturday’s draw.
John Herron is also expected to miss out, but Bright Osayi-Samuel will be fit to feature, despite being forced off at Colchester.
As for Northampton, they welcome back Lawson D’Ath from illness, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to take his place in the 18.
The contest will come too soon for Brendan Moloney and Evan Horwood.
Blackpool striker Mark Cullen said: “We’ll go about it the same way we would any other game, Northampton will be a tough side, very physical. I’ve only played there once so I’m looking forward to it.”
Northampton manager Wilder said: “We are backing ourselves but we know that we will have to play well to get a result but we are confident that we can do that.”
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