Pool In JPT Action
Fixture| Port Vale vs Blackpool
Date| 6 October 2015
Venue| Vale Park
Facing their first Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie since 2006, Blackpool will look to take their recent impressive league form into their cup clash with fellow League One side Port Vale.
The Seasiders have won two on spin, but Neil McDonald has hinted at making a number of changes to offer game time to other members of his squad.
Pool’s last cup tie in this competition ended as an eight-goal thriller at Accrington Stanley, before the visitors bowed out on penalties, and should the contest finish level after 90 minutes another shootout will be required.
McDonald’s men received a bye to the second round of the competition this year, but their opponents Vale were forced to see off Carlisle United in round one.
Rob Page’s side enter the contest on the back of an eye-catching victory over Sheffield Untied at the weekend, when leading marksmen Uche Ikpeazu was again on target.
That result made it three unbeaten for The Valiants and moved them to within two points of the League One play-offs.
They’ve lost just one home game this season and look set for a solid campaign under former Wales international Page.
Blackpool will assess injures to Kyle Letheren, Henry Cameron and David Norris ahead of the trip to Staffordshire, while Lloyd Jones remains a long-term absentee.
Port Vale have no fresh injuries concerns for the clash, but Ryan Inniss remains absent with a shoulder injury. Page is also expected to be missing Michael O'Connor (knee) and Chris Neal (ankle).
McDonald: "The people who are waiting deserve a bit of a go, and if we need to make changes as the game goes along to make sure that everybody gets a game then we'll do that. I want the players who haven't played to show me what they can do.”
Page: “That’s the big word – momentum. When you’re trying to create a winning mentality and a winning feeling why gamble it and risk losing it? We’re confident from the last couple of results and we want to go in and win the game so that’s what we’ll be aiming to do.”
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