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Preview: Gillingham (A)

11 September 2015

Pool On The Road Again

Fixture| Gillingham vs Blackpool
Date| 12 September 2015
Venue| Priestfield

Buoyed by a first victory under the stewardship of Neil McDonald, Blackpool travel to league leaders Gillingham looking to defy the bookies and continue their progress. 

The Seasiders dispatched of Scunthorpe United last weekend and now travel to Kent with a chance of achieving back-to-back league victories for the first time in two years.

A 2-1 victory at Bournemouth in 2013 was the last time Pool achieved such a feat, and they’ll have to destroy Gillingham’s perfect home record if that is to change.

McDonald’s men have looked solid away from home this season however, and with their first clean sheet coming with victory last weekend, the positivity is starting to spread. 

The Opposition
It took Gillingham less time to get going, they have been flying since an opening day mauling of well-fancied Sheffield United and go into Saturday’s game high on confidence.

Last week’s slender win over Doncaster Rovers made it three wins out of three for The Gills at Priestfield.

Justin Edinburgh is quietly going about his business in Kent, having joined the club from Newport County in February, and guided them to a mid-table finish last season.

Still unbeaten this season after six matches, Gillingham are yet to concede a goal on home soil and will be a tough test. 

Team News
For the second week running Blackpool travel with a fully-fit squad, after Colin Doyle and John Herron returned from injury last weekend.

As for The Gills, John Egan and Brennan Dickenson are expected to return from injury, after sitting out the win over Doncaster with knocks.

Saturday’s game will come too soon for Adedeji Oshilaja however, who is struggling with a knee injury. 

Aaron Morris could also return from injury, having been missing since the opening day with a hamstring injury. 

Pre-Match Talk
McDonald on his selection headache said: "Everybody has put their hand up and said 'I'm ready and willing, give me a chance and I'll play'. That's given me a selection problem to a certain extent. It was great for them to score some goals and win a football match themselves, especially at home." 

Pre-match Edinburgh said: “They managed to get a win away at Scunthorpe on Saturday; their first win in 20 which I think is a bit of a blessing. I don’t want people to turn up, sit down and think we should win it three or four nil because if they do they are not being realistic. Any points we gain we need to earn.” 

Tangerine PlayerHD will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, while the Blackpool FC Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety. 

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, PlayerHD and social media.  

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