Vital Fylde Coast Fixture
Fixture | Fleetwood Town vs Blackpool
Date | 23 April 2016
Venue | Highbury Stadium
Blackpool’s first Football League trip to Fylde Coast neighbours Fleetwood Town carries huge significance, with one team able to give their survival chances a massive boost.
Two points separate Blackpool and The Cod Army, meaning a fifth away win of the season is guaranteed to lift Neil McDonald’s side out of the relegation zone.
Successive defeats have made the task that bit harder, but with results not catastrophic in mid-week, Pool’s fate remains in their own hands.
Unlike Blackpool, Fleetwood were in action in mid-week, losing 1-0 at Millwall, which took them to 43 games – level with their neighbours.
Prior to that defeat Steven Pressley’s side had gone five games unbeaten, but picked up maximum points on just one occasion.
Fleetwood have drawn 14 times this campaign, which is the third highest in the division, but have lost on just six occasions at Highbury.
Pressley has former Seasider Bobby Grant leading the line up front, while centre halves Nathan Pond and Stephen Jordan provide experience at the back.
McDonald will sweat on the fitness of Hayden White, who missed last week’s defeat at Rochdale through injury. Henry Cameron remains a long-term absentee.
Joe Davis is nearing a return to fitness, but Fleetwood will be without Shola Ameobi, Bob Harris and Danny Andrew.
McDonald: “It's all in our own hands, we've got to take each game as it comes and not look too far ahead. We need to beat Fleetwood on Saturday. Training has been bright but at the end of the day it's about the reaction on the pitch against Fleetwood. We need a good result against Fleetwood to put us above them in the league.”
Pressley: “There’s no hiding the magnitude of the game as it’s a massive one for both sides. It’ll have a significant influence on who remains in the league come the last game of the season. It’s a game where both teams must win for the same reasons, so it’s a very significant game and one I’m looking forward to.”
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.