Pool Open 2016 At Burton
Fixture| Burton Albion vs Blackpool
Date| 2 January 2016
Venue| The Pirelli Stadium
A new year brings new hope and Blackpool will aim to get off on the right foot in 2016 by bringing back the points from their first ever trip to the Pirelli Stadium.
The Seasiders ended 2015 on a disappointing note with defeat to Barnsley, but that won’t completely overshadow what had been a productive December.
Pool enter 2016 two points above the drop zone, but with three wins and three clean sheets still fresh in the mind, Neil McDonald knows what his side is capable of.
After lifting the League Two title in May, Burton have carried the momentum into their first ever season at this level and are bracing themselves for another promotion battle.
Second to Walsall on goal difference alone, The Brewers are now coming to terms with the loss of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but the return of Nigel Clough has softened the blow.
It’s the manager’s second spell in the Pirelli Stadium hot seat and he’s overseen two wins and a draw since returning – the latest of which came against Swindon Town on Monday.
Martin Paterson will be assessed prior to the trip, after missing Monday’s clash at Barnsley with a calf injury.
Jack Redshaw and Colin Doyle will again be assessed, but Lloyd Jones and Henry Cameron remain out.
Darius Charles will miss out for the visitors with a hamstring injury, while Zeli Ismail’s ankle injury will be assessed.
McDonald: “We’ve competed really well against the top teams. I thought we gave them a good run for their money at the start of the season but because they’re at the top of the league they punished us at the end.”
Clough: “They’ve shown real signs of improvement and I am sure that they will be looking to put another little run together starting against us Saturday. I can certainly see them having a strong second half to the season.”
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.
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