Seasiders Head To The Capital
Fixture | Barnet vs Blackpool
Date | 16 August 2016
Venue | The Hive
Gary Bowyer’s Blackpool suffered defeat for the first time at the weekend and will now search for a response on a Tuesday evening in the capital.
Despite enjoying the lion’s share of both possession and chances at Morecambe, The Seasiders suffered defeat on their first away outing of the campaign.
Barnet are expected to provide a physical test to Blackpool and have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two campaign.
Managed by Martin Allen, The Bees are known for their home form, having taken maximum points 13 times at The Hive last season – the third best total in the division.
Brad Potts had Blackpool in the driving seat at Morecambe, only for the hosts to turn things around with goals against the run of play either side of the break. Previous results consisted of victories over Exeter City and Bolton Wanderers.
Barnet registered their first win of the campaign at the weekend, seeing off Accrington Stanley 2-0 thanks to goals from John Akinde and Jean Louis Akpa-Akpro. Previously they’d drawn at Cambridge United and lost out to Millwall in the EFL Cup.
The Seasiders will again be without their trio of strikers, with Jamille Matt, Jack Redshaw and Danny Philliskirk left at home to recover from injury.
Barnet will have striker Michael Gash missing, after he was injured during Saturday’s victory over Accrington. Jamal Campbell-Ryce missed that game with a tight calf so will be assessed.
Bowyer: “We’re delighted we’ve got the opportunity to get going again straight away because the performance levels were decent, but we want more. We played some really good stuff in the first-half but it’s massively important we move on quickly from the disappointment that was Saturday.”
Allen: “Now we’ve got to get everybody together ahead of the game against Blackpool on Tuesday night. We have to take each game as it comes. We have to get going again and not get too carried away with Saturday's victory.”
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