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Match Preview: Gillingham (A)

Seasiders Back In Action Tonight

6 November 2018

A midweek, rearranged trip to Gillingham is on the agenda for Blackpool tonight, with the players aiming to bounce back from a disappointing defeat on the weekend.

The Seasiders are quickly having to get used to life on the road this month, with games at Exeter City and Southend United to follow in the next 11 days. 

Tonight's opposition head into the fixture following consecutive home victories against Bradford City and Fleetwood Town. 

Pool's last visit to the stadium was a good one though, with a 3-0 win being the club's first at Priestfield since 2000. 

Team News: 

Mark Howard (thigh) and Donervon Daniels (hamstring) will be assessed ahead of the match, having both missed out against Bristol Rovers. Armand Gnanduillet and Paudie O'Connor are suspended. 

Gillingham will check on the fitness of defender Alex Lacey, who twisted his knee in the warm-up against Fleetwood on Saturday. Callum Reilly remains sidelined with a groin problem. 

Manager Views: 

Terry McPhillips: 

"You want to play teams when they’re on a poor run, but they’ve obviously picked up some points. All the games are so hard, it’s a really fine line.

"We've got to recover from the disappointment of Saturday and go again. “It’s a big challenge for us now to get ourselves on another run, hopefully starting on Tuesday, and push up that table."

Steve Lovell: 

“Blackpool have had a decent start to the season even though they lost 3-0 to Bristol Rovers on Saturday. They’ll be wanting to come and put that right. “They’re all tough games but as long as we put in the effort, close them down and then play the football we can and pass it into certain areas then we can get a result."

The Referee: 

Craig Hicks has been confirmed to referee tonight's game, having previously refereed this fixture last season. 

He will be assisted by Callum Walchester and Rob Smith. Fourth official at Priestfield Stadium will be Anthony Da Costa. 

Tickets: 

A £2 price increase applies to tickets purchased at the ground tonight. 

Therefore, tickets will cost: 

- £22 for Adults
- £18 for Senior Citizens
- £8 for Students
- £8 for Under-18s

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