Terry McPhillips has acknowledged the stern test that Blackpool face in the Emirates FA Cup tomorrow, yet that won’t stop the team from trying to pull off a shock result.
Standing in the way of a place in the fourth round is 13-time FA Cup winners Arsenal, who The Seasider met in different cup competition earlier this season.
On that night, Blackpool lost 2-1 at The Emirates Stadium, though left with their heads held high following a well organised display.
“We take some confidence from that because we gave them a game at their place. We limited them to two shots on target in that game, and they scored both,” McPhillips said.
“But let’s get it right, we’re playing Arsenal so we’re going to need a bit of luck and we’re going to need to play really well. Maybe they’ll need to be off it a little bit.
“They’ll know a little bit about us, obviously. There will be some changes from that day because we had some good players missing, as we will this time as well.”
The players the manager refers to are Ollie Turton, Curtis Tilt and Mark Cullen, while Jordan Thompson serves the third and final game of a suspension picked up against Rochdale.
“Ollie and Tilty are the closest to being fit, but I don’t think either of them will make the game. It’s disappointing more so for Tilty because he missed the first game against Arsenal as well. I don’t think we’ll be risking anyone, that’s for sure,” he admitted.
“Whatever team Arsenal decide to play, it’s going to be a really tough day at the office for us.
“But it’s the FA Cup and it doesn’t always go to plan. Sometimes the underdog can come through. We’ll be giving it our best shot.”
The game-plan will be essential to any hopes Blackpool have of upsetting the odds, especially when you consider the need to be compact.
“If you let Arsenal play through you, then you’re going to be in trouble,” McPhillips admitted. “We’re going to have to be really disciplined and keep a really good shape. We know they’ll have more of the ball, so we’ve got to be clinical when we’ve got it and play.”