Pool Back On Home Soil
Back on home soil for the first time in 2016, Blackpool have been boosted by a number of fresh arrivals and they’ll be hoping to feature against Port Vale at Bloomfield Road.
The Seasiders suffered defeat last time out against Burton Albion, which put them back in the relegation zone, and now they face mid-table Port Vale.
Vale’s first fixture of the year was postponed a week ago, which means their victory over Bury in December was their last run-out.
Blackpool will be without the injured Clark Robertson and Mark Cullen, who both limped out of last weekend’s defeat. Lloyd Jones, Henry Cameron and Martin Paterson remain out, while Jack Redshaw will be assessed.
As for Port Vale, Anthony Grant will miss out through suspension, while Chris Birchall remains sidelined with a knee injury. AJ Leitch-Smith is expected to be fit but Uche Ikpeazu has returned to Watford.
Neil McDonald: “Now we’re paying at home we need to pick up as many points as we can. Our home performances and results have been really good, not just against the teams around us but also above us.”
Rob Page: “I think there’s snow forecast over the weekend so we’ll see what pans out with regards to the weather but we’ve got two big games coming up. We could have a good four or five days and that’s the plan, that’s the message to the players.”
Seb Stockbridge will be in the middle for the fixture, which will be his first at Bloomfield Road since Pool met Brighton & Hove Albion last January.
He’ll be assisted by Paul Graham and Kevin Mulraine, with Darren Strain on fourth official duty.
Will Aimson and Colin Doyle are the subject of the main interviews inside the newest version of Up The Pool. We also hear from Neil McDonald, Hayden White and Carl Dickinson inside.