Guide To Saturday's Game
Blackpool are back on home soil for the first time in three weeks on Saturday, where they'll do battle with Lee Johnson’s Barnsley side.
Neil McDonald’s men are still searching for a first victory on home soil, while The Tykes have struggled for consistency, but did beat Walsall comprehensively a week ago.
Jarrett Rivers is Blackpool’s only absentee at the weekend, after he tweaked his hamstring in training. Colin Doyle and John Herron are in line for home debuts, after missing the previous three fixtures through injury.
Barnsley expect to arrive in Lancashire with a fully-fit squad, should Dan Crowley, Ryan Williams and Joe Rothwell all shake of knocks.
Neil McDonald: “We’re looking forward to playing at home. We had two difficult away games and picked up three points, but it should have been more. The performance against Scunthorpe was really good and the attacking play against Gillingham was decent, so we’ve got to put it all together.”
Lee Johnson: “The consistency of our results now depends on communication. We have a good chance of getting results in most games if we can do that. Against Gillingham Blackpool were very unlucky not to get a result as they worked hard, so it will be tough for us and we need to focus.”
Chris Kavanagh will be in the middle for the contest, which will be his sixth fixture of the season. His last Blackpool game came against Middlesbrough in February, while he officiated The Tykes at MK Dons a month earlier.
Duncan Street and Jason Whiteley will be running the lines, with Joe Simpson is the fourth official.
Tickets remain on sale to both sets of supporters for the match, with pre-booked tickets available for collection from the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 11am.
Barnsley have sold over 1,000 tickets for the fixture and further tickets will be available on the day from midday.
Jimmy Armfield fronts Up The Pool this weekend, with the club legend celebrating his 80th birthday on Monday. John Herron and Henry Cameron are interviewed inside, while Conor Hourihane provides the away perspective. Tom Aldred is on column duties and Emmerson Boyce provides the top six moments of his career for Pool Polariods.
All this and much, much more can be found in the latest Up The Pool, priced at just £3.