Survival Battle Goes To The Wire
Fixture | Peterborough United vs Blackpool
Date | 8 May 2016
Venue | The ABAX Stadium
Blackpool’s season goes down to the final day of the League One calendar and they must keep their side of the bargain by beating Peterborough United if they’re to stand a chance of survival.
Realistically it will be either Blackpool or Fleetwood Town with their heads above water by Sunday evening, with the Cod Army knowing a point will be good enough against Crewe Alexandra.
It means a Seasiders win, coupled with a Town defeat, would see Neil McDonald’s men safe and they face a Peterborough side without a manager, but comfortably sat in mid-table.
Defeat against Wigan Athletic last week left Pool’s fate out of their own hands and they’ll need to banish the memory of a damaging second-half, which saw them concede four without reply.
Posh were involved in one of the division’s games of the season last week, when they threw away a three-goal lead at Shrewsbury Town, only to steal all three points in injury time.
That was Grant McCann’s first game in temporary charge following the sacking of Graham Westley and took United to the 60-point mark.
Prior to last weekend, Peterborough had lost four of their previous five matches, which killed off any hopes of mounting a late play-off push.
Marcus Maddison is their top scorer with 12 goals and the winger provides a real threat from set pieces.
McDonald confirmed Mark Cullen will not feature on the final day after pulling his hamstring against Wigan last week. Other than Cullen, it’s only Henry Cameron who misses out.
The hosts will be without goalkeeper Ben Alnwick due to injury, along with Jermaine Anderson, Jordan Nicholson and Tom Nichols.
Joe Gormley could return from a long-term injury to play some part.
McDonald said: “We know we need to win the game and fingers crossed Crewe can win their second game on the bounce. It was a really good performance when we beat Peterborough 2-0 and if we play like that we’ll have a really good chance of winning the game.”
McCann said: “It’s a massive game for Blackpool. The players are fully aware of their situation but we can’t worry about them. It’s about us and we want to put on a good performance for our fans.”
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