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Blackpool are in-form and brimming with confidence at the ideal time of the season, and Neil McDonald will be looking for that to continue with three important points against Colchester United on Saturday.
The Seasiders have taken 10 points from the last 12 points available and at the weekend got back on track at Bloomfield Road, beating Southend United 2-0.
Now they welcome a Colchester side who have improved themselves in recent weeks, going three matches unbeaten – the most recent of which was a 0-0 draw with Millwall.
Their position remains a precarious one however, with ten points separating them and safety with just six games remaining, after they failed to win once in 19 matches over the winter.
McDonald has a near fully fit squad at the weekend, with Jack Redshaw now back in full training, meaning it’s just Henry Cameron who remains out injured.
Owen Garvan and Joe Edwards will be assessed by Colchester prior to kick-off, while Richard Brindley went off injured last week and Marvin Sordell, Leo Chambers and Alex Wynter remain out.
McDonald: “We're in good form at the moment and we're winning football matches. Everybody is feeling good about themselves and we're looking forward to the game against Colchester.”
Kevin Keen: “We need to win matches, we’ve known that for a long time, but as much as we do, you’ve got to look at the last four performances. They’re having a right go and we’ve got to try and win at Blackpool.”
Christopher Sarginson will be in the middle for the fixture, with Peter Gooch and Helen Byrne running the lines. Matthew Bristoe will be on fourth official duties.
Liam Smith and Jacob Blyth are the main interviews inside, with the two loanees playing their part in Blackpool’s recent good form. Neil McDonald takes us through the top six moments of his playing career, while Alex Gilbey provides the away perspective.