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Match Preview: Lincoln City (H)

2 October 2020

Blackpool will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways on Saturday, as they welcome high-flying Lincoln City to Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders will be looking to build on their impressive performance last time out at Bloomfield Road, with Neil Critchley’s men picking up their first three points of the 20/21 season after CJ Hamilton’s double either side of half-time fired them to victory over Swindon Town. Despite falling to defeat against Gillingham last weekend, the Seasiders have a lot of positives to take into the game on Saturday.

Lincoln City, meanwhile, will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the League One season. Michael Appleton’s side have scored six goals and conceded just once, sealing impressive victories over the likes of Oxford United and Charlton Athletic.

Tom Hopper’s second half winner clinched three points for the Imps on their last away trip at Stadium MK, with Appleton’s side claiming a 2-1 victory over MK Dons to maintain their perfect start to the campaign. The former Blackpool manager, who had a brief spell with the club during the 12/13 campaign, will be looking to cause an upset ahead of his return to Bloomfield Road.

Neil Critchley

“They’re in a really good vein of form, so it’s a difficult test for us. They’ve had a really good start to the season, scoring goals and not conceding many and winning their first three games.

“We want to improve from what we did last week against Gillingham. You always want more, you’re never satisfied and all in three games our performance has been encouraging, but we know it’s a results based business. We should have played better against Gillingham and that’ll be our aim on Saturday.”

Michael Appleton

“Blackpool have a lot of quality in their squad, we will see that over the 46 games this season. They will be right up there at some point; it will be a very tough game.

“We will approach the game on Saturday with the same manner we have all other games this season and we are hoping for the same outcome as our previous league matches.”

Team News

Matty Virtue and Luke Garbutt both remain doubts for the Seasiders. Sullay Kaikai could return, despite suffering a minor setback following the Gillingham game last weekend.

As for the visitors, Callum Morton and Max Melbourne are both expected to be ruled out through injury.

Watch The Game Live

Despite taking place behind closed doors, you can still watch the Seasiders in action on Saturday via iFollow.

Codes have been sent to the email addresses of season ticket holders registered on our ticketing database.

For non-season ticket holders, the game is available to purhcase now for £10. Click here to purchase your match pass.

Saturday’s match at Bloomfield Road kicks off at 3pm.


Thanks to our match sponsor NRG Fleet Services and ball sponsor Future Technology Services (FTS)

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