Pool Face High-Fliers
Unbeaten in three matches and looking up, Blackpool take their momentum into another clash against a top six side in Gillingham at Bloomfield Road this weekend.
The Seasiders have become accustomed to facing promotion-chasing teams recently, having held Walsall and Sheffield United to draws in the past seven days.
The goalless draw with The Blades in mid-week meant Pool have conceded just one goal in their last five home matches, as they prepare to face the second-placed Gills.
Justin Edinburgh’s men came from behind to beat Peterborough United last week, but have thrown away two-goal leads in their previous two away games.
Will Aimson is expected to be fit after hobbling out of Tuesday’s draw with Sheffield United. Clark Robertson was a welcome return as well so he could come in to start. Lloyd Jones and Henry Cameron remain out for The Seasiders.
Cody McDonald misses out for The Gills, but Rory Donnelly is expected to be fit and will push Luke Norris for a starting place. Adam Chicksen returned on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion this week and is expected to feature.
Neil McDonald: “We've got depth in the squad now and plenty of competition for each place. It keeps everybody on their toes because they have to play well with somebody waiting in the wings to take their place."
Edinburgh: “We’ve got a tough game on Saturday away at a vastly improving team. They haven’t conceded many goals in their last four or five home games. It’s going to be a really tough encounter. We’ll have to battle hard and hopefully impose ourselves.”
Andy Maddley will take charge of the fixture, with Gary Hilton and Tony Peart his assistants. Paul Marsden will be on fourth official duty.
Mark Yeates and Brad Potts are the subject of the main interviews inside Saturday’s Up The Pool. There’s also plenty of content with Brett Ormerod, who announced his retirement from football last week. Luke Norris provides the away perspective, while we also hear from Neil McDonald and Danny Philliskirk.