Pool Take On Neighbours
Blackpool take on Fleetwood Town for the first time in the Football League this weekend, looking to get themselves back on track after a difficult November.
The Seasiders are yet to pick up a point this month, so will be relishing a fixture with local interest, where they’ll be hoping form counts for little.
The Cod Army have won their last two and make the short trip along the Fylde Coast brimming with confidence, as Steven Pressley continues to make his mark.
While they’ve previously met in the FA Cup, the league fixture will be a moment in history and Blackpool will be hoping it’s them celebrating come 5pm.
Neil McDonald will be without the services of Colin Doyle, Lloyd Jones, Henry Cameron and Andy Little for the Bloomfield Road fixture.
Fleetwood arrive with a fully fit squad, with Conor McLaughlin being passed fit after coming off in mid-week with concussion.
Former Seasider Bobby Grant will be hoping to feature at Bloomfield Road, having notched six times for The Cod Army so far this season.
McDonald: "It's a great game for us to have, especially at home. We're on a losing streak at the moment and it's the perfect time to turn it round. They've had a fantastic last few years, up through non-league to where they are at the moment. We have to make sure that we send them home not very happy.”
Pressley: “We’re playing against a side who are very organised and very hard working, and their manager is an excellent coach with good experience. I’ve watched their last three games and they’ve been very unfortunate not to get something from them as they’ve had the better chances.”
Graham Scott will take charge of the fixture, with Derek Eaton and Mark Scholes his assistant. Ross Joyce will be the fourth official.
Tom Aldred and David Norris are the subject of the main interviews in this week’s Up The Pool. We also hear from Neil McDonald, Jim McAlister, Jack Redshaw and David Ball.
All this and much, much more can be found in the latest Up The Pool, priced at just £3.