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Preview: Northampton Town (H)

19 January 2021

Northampton visit Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening, in what is the Seasiders first home league match in five weeks.

Neil Critchley’s side come into Tuesday’s game on the back of a good point away at high-flying Hull City, with Jerry Yates scoring a late equaliser to secure the point. Despite picking up something to show for their efforts at the KCOM Stadium, Blackpool slipped one place down to 14th in the league table, though a victory on Tuesday could see the Seasiders climb to 11th place.

Northampton gained promotion to League One in the summer, defeating Exeter City 4-0 in the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. Since their promotion, Keith Curle’s side have struggled for consistency, and sit just outside the relegation zone by a single point.

Despite their lowly league position, the Cobblers have picked up six victories so far this season, including three away wins. Keith Curle’s side have defeated the likes of Gillingham, Wigan Athletic and Fleetwood Town this campaign.

Blackpool will be without several players for the match including CJ Hamilton and Keshi Anderson as well as Demetri Mitchell. Dan Ballard is struggling with his hip ahead of the match.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool scored three goals to secure all three points in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Cobblers at Bloomfield Road in April 2018.

Armand Gnanduillet, Sean Longstaff and Jimmy Ryan’s goals secured the win, with Northampton not picking up anything from Bloomfield Road since a 2-1 win back in March 2002.

The Key Player: Sam Hoskins

Sam Hoskins is one of Northampton’s longest serving players, having joined the Cobblers in August 2015 from Barnet. Since his move, the 27-year-old has made more than 200 appearances, scoring 36 goals in the process.

Hoskins is the Club’s top scorer so far this season, along with Harry Smith, who have four goals each.

Neil Critchley:

“Northampton did exceptionally well last season to get promoted at Wembley Stadium. Keith Curle has done a magnificent job in his time there, and has brought that into League One this season.

"They’re probably adapting a little bit to life in a higher division, but you know what you’re going to face against them. It will be a physical test and we’ll have to be ready for that kind of match, which I’m sure we will be.”

Keith Curle:

“As a good team, Blackpool have perhaps gone under the radar a little bit sometimes and haven't always got the credit they have deserved and that's a little unfair.

"Neil Critchley has come in from Liverpool with some fresh ideas and he’s implementing his own style.

“You can see that in the way they play and their movement and we will need to try and counteract that. They don’t just have one way of playing though, they have a plan B."

Watch The Match Live:

The match at Bloomfield Road is available to watch live on iFollow.

Season ticket holders will simply be able to login to iFollow, and watch the match.

Non-season ticket holders can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off for the game is 7pm.

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