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Match Preview: Gillingham (A)

25 September 2020

Blackpool will be aiming to build on their first victory of the 20/21 campaign against Swindon Town last weekend, as they face a tough test against Gillingham on Saturday.

The Seasiders will go into the game full of confidence after their first victory of the season against newly-promoted Swindon Town last Saturday. CJ Hamilton’s double gave Blackpool a well-deserved victory, whilst Ethan Robson also hit the bar for the Seasiders in the second-half.

Gillingham, meanwhile, will also be coming into the game on the back of their first victory of the campaign. Steve Evans’ side were involved in a five goal thriller as they beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 at DW Stadium.

Jordan Graham opened his account for the season after his summer arrival from Wolverhampton Wanderers, before scoring his second to put the Gills in front on the half hour mark. Trae Coyle also scored his first goal of the season, with the Arsenal loanee putting Gillingham in cruise control, before Kal Naismith’s late consolation.

Neil Critchley

“Gillingham are a team that have had a big turnaround in players. You know what you’re getting when you play a Steve Evans team, so we need to bring certain things to the table to ensure that we get something from the game.

“It’ll be a really tough game. They’ll be wanting to have a successful season, but if we can go there and play like we did last week then we’ll be a tough test for them as well.”

Steve Evans

“Blackpool had a good result last weekend, so it’ll be a difficult test for us. We went to Wigan and got a positive result and that will be the goal tomorrow.”

Team News

Critchley is set to be handed a boost ahead of Saturday’s fixture, with Blackpool duo Sullay Kaikai and James Husband both likely to return for the trip to Priestfield. Though, Matty Virtue and new signing Luke Garbutt are both doubtful.

As for the hosts, Jack Bonham and Josh Eccles are both in contention to return to the Gills squad. Matty Willock remains a doubt due to a hamstring problem.

Watch The Game Live

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

Purchase your match pass for £10 here.

Saturday’s match at Priestfield kicks off at 3pm.

 


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