First Of Back-To-Back Home Games
The first of two crucial home matches for Blackpool arrives on Saturday, as they host Shrewsbury Town – who sit three points below them in League One.
Neil McDonald’s men are bracing themselves for back-to-back home games and are in high spirits after a run of four unbeaten matches.
Shrewsbury have been stealing the FA Cup headlines in recent weeks, but must put Manchester United to the back of their minds for now.
Led by former Seasider Micky Mellon, The Shrews sit one point above the drop zone and have won just one of their last six league matches.
McDonald has an almost fully-fit squad to select from, with only Lloyd Jones and Henry Cameron set to miss out.
Shrewsbury will be without midfielder James Wallace for the clash, while Ian Black and Jack Grimmer are doubtful.
The Shrews have a host of former Seasiders in their squad, including Andy Mangan, Scott Vernon and Elliot Grandin.
McDonald: “When you're in a good run and feeling good about yourself, you want the games to come round thick and fast. If they do come quick and fast, we've got the squad to deal with that at the moment.”
Mellon: "It’s going to be another good test for us to see if we can do what we want to try and do and that’s get the three points. They’re working hard as a unit to try and keep clean sheets and they’re getting a bit of confidence together as they’re getting some results.”
Carl Boyeson will referee his first Blackpool fixture of the season on Saturday. He was last in the middle for a Pool game back in August 2014. At Bloomfield Road he’ll be assisted by Michael Denton and Mark Dwyer, while the fourth official is Simon Mather.
Emmerson Boyce and Clark Robertson are the feature interviews inside the latest edition of Up The Pool. We also hear from Neil McDonald, Mark Cullen and Shrewsbury’s Andy Mangan inside.
All this and much, much more can be found in the latest Up The Pool, priced at just £3.