Preview Saturday's Fixture
It’s bottom-of-the-table Crewe Alexandra up next for Blackpool, who are looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches this weekend.
The Seasiders secured a late draw with Millwall at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday, while Crewe ground out a goalless draw at Burton Albion.
Steve Davis’ men arrive in decent form on the road, having avoided defeat on their last four trips away from Gresty Road.
Neil McDonald will assess Emmerson Boyce and Martin Paterson before naming his squad, after the duo missed Tuesday’s fixture. Lloyd Jones remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury.
Crewe have become accustomed to playing without captain Harry Davis, who remains injured, but they’ll hope to have Lauri Dalla Valle back available after the striker missed out in mid-week with a back problem.
McDonald said: “They keep the ball, they pass and move and they have lots of rotation. They'll play 4-3-3 but they'll play 4-5-1 when they haven't got the ball, so we need to move the ball on quickly, we need to adjust our position quickly and we need to have an end product to give ourselves a chance of breaking them down.”
Davis said: “Blackpool are on a decent little run and have not lost in the last five games. They will gain confidence from not losing games. I’ve seen them and I’ve seen them on DVD as well. They are well organised and methodical under Neil (McDonald). He has worked hard on shape and they work hard as a team.”
Mark Haywood will take charge of proceedings in what will be his first Blackpool fixture since August 2014. He will be assisted by Michael D’Aguilar and Ken Haycock, while Chris Isherwood will be fourth official.
Wingers Jarrett Rivers and Bright Osayi-Samuel are the feature interviews inside this weekend’s Up The Pool, while Kwame Thomas goes Under The Spotlight. There are also contributions from Neil McDonald, Kyle Letheren and Ryan Colclough.
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