Pool Take On The Shrimpers
Having given themselves a fighting chance with good results on the road recently, Blackpool will now look to rekindle their solid home form with three points against Southend United at the weekend.
Victory over Doncaster last time out kept Neil McDonald’s side above the relegation zone and showed they’re up for the fight, after Mark Cullen struck the winner three minutes from time.
Now they welcome a Southend side in high spirits after a 3-1 victory over Sheffield United in mid-week. That win in front of the TV cameras took Phil Brown’s men to within six points of the play-offs.
McDonald hopes to have Jack Redshaw back available for selection after the striker missed the Doncaster win with a hip problem. Lloyd Jones comes back into contention, but Henry Cameron remains out.
Southend’s Michael Timlin has been ruled out for a month, while Noel Hunt and David Mooney are also expected to miss the trip to Bloomfield Road.
McDonald: “I know we've played more games than everybody else but we've got the points on the board. It's difficult winning games at the end of the season because everybody has got something riding on it.”
Brown: “The players have done ever so well, but I am not taking my foot off the gas yet. We’ll be professional; we’ll be addressing the Blackpool game as if it’s the last of the season. If we win it, we’ll address the next one as if it’s the last game of the season.”
Mark Haywood will be in the middle for the fixture, which will be his first at Bloomfield Road since October. He’ll be assisted by Mark Russell and Joe Simpson, with Robert Jones on fourth official duty.
Clark Robertson fronts Saturday’s edition of Up The Pool and goes under the spotlight inside. He and fellow defender Hayden White are interviewed on Blackpool’s relegation battle, while we also hear from Neil McDonald and Tyrone Barnett.