Blackpool In JPT Action
Fixture | Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool
Date | 10 November 2015
Venue | DW Stadium
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy provides light relief for Blackpool this evening, when Neil McDonald’s men will look to halt a run of three consecutive defeats at Wigan Athletic.
The Seasiders bowed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend, but the northern area quarter final tie at the DW Stadium offers a chance to move to within three matches of Wembley.
The manager rang the changes at Barnet at the weekend and will now decide if to stick or twist with his side for the short trip to Wigan.
Port Vale were the victims of Blackpool in round two, while Wigan saw off Crewe Alexandra at the same stage.
Wigan have been starting to build momentum in recent weeks, which made Saturday’s heavy FA Cup defeat at Bury a shock.
In league action The Latics are unbeaten in nine matches and are homing in on a place in the top two.
Gary Caldwell has a trio of former Blackpool players at his disposal and will decide if to allow Donervon Daniels, David Perkins or Michael Jacobs a chance to face their old employers.
Blackpool defender Tom Aldred will miss the cup tie after picking up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend. He could be replaced by Hull City loanee Will Aimson, who joined the club on Monday.
Henry Cameron is now away on international duty with New Zealand, while Colin Doyle looks set to miss out and Lloyd Jones remains a long-term absentee.
Chris McCann and Francisco Junior both miss out having collected their fifth yellow cards of the season, while Kevin McNaughton is ruled out.
McDonald: “It’ll be a similar team (to Barnet) going into the Wigan game. It’s not nice losing three on the bounce, so we’ll try very hard not to lose four on the bounce. If we have a better performance it gives us a chance of getting a better result, an opportunity for individuals to shine, and that’s what we’re hoping for.”
Caldwell: “I went to watch them against Bradford and they’re a very hard working side, they put your under pressure and ask a lot of questions of you. They’ve improved recently in terms of results recently, albeit they’ve lost a couple recently, so it’s another tough game and we know exactly what to expect from teams in this league.”
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