Back On Home Soil
Blackpool return to both league and home action this weekend, as Neil McDonald’s men prepare to welcome Doncaster Rovers to Bloomfield Road.
The Seasiders suffered defeat in their last two league games, both of which came on the road, while they’re looking to rid the memory of two recent cup exits.
Doncaster are now under the stewardship of Darren Ferguson, who is slowly turning their season around, and Rovers arrived on the back of successive wins.
Tom Aldred returns from a one-match suspension, but Pool’s injury list is increasing. Colin Doyle has been ruled out until the New Year, while Kyle Letheren is touch-and-go. Henry Cameron remains away with New Zealand and Lloyd Jones is a long-term absentee.
As for Doncaster, they could hand a debut to Sheffield United loanee Craig Alcock but Luke McCullough is away on international duty. They will certainly be without Gary MacKenzie, Richard Chaplow, Paul Keegan and Rob Jones.
McDonald: “It's the strongest team I can pick and we'll be looking forward to carrying on our excellent form at home and pick up more points. We've got the momentum at home and it's been great to send our fans, who have been very patient and supportive, home happy after the last five home games.”
Ferguson: “Blackpool, you can go up there and it can be horrible, windy and we’ll have to deal with all of that and make sure we’re right mentally – which we will be – and take the game to them if we can. When you look at the fixtures and see Blackpool away, you never think it’s easy and I don’t think Saturday will be any different.”
David Coote will take charge of the fixture, after replacing Ross Joyce. He will be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Ricky Wootton, while the fourth official will be Billy Smallwood.
Charles Dunne and Jose Cubero are the subject of the main interviews inside Saturday’s official matchday programme. Thorsten Stuckmann provides the away perspective, while we learn more about Aldred and Martin Paterson.
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