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TOWN HEAD TO THE SEASIDE

20 March 2014

A look ahead to Saturday’s game at Blackpool

Mark Robins’ men will be hoping to replicate last season’s 3-1 victory when they head to Bloomfield Road this Saturday.

Town, who are 16th in the Championship, are without a win in their last three outings and their last away victory came at St Andrews over a month ago, when they beat Birmingham 2-1. However, a win would potentially catapult them up four places to 12th. 

Blackpool have endured a tough time of late, they beat Millwall 1-0 in their last home game but that was their first win in 15 games. The Tangerines lie two places below Town in 18th position. 

In the corresponding fixture in September, both teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw as James Vaughan’s thunderbolt ruled out Ricardo Fuller’s opener. 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Rob Lewis
Assistants: Darren Handley & Kevin Mattocks
Fourth Official: Robert Jones

BLACKPOOL LATEST RESULTS

Leicester (A) 3-1 (L)
Millwall (H) 1-0 (W)
Bournemouth (H) 0-1 (L)
Watford (A) 4-0 (L)
Birmingham (H) 1-2 (L)

TEAM NEWS

TOWN

Defenders Anthony Gerrard (toe) and Joel Lynch (groin) are both doubts, but top scorer James Vaughan could be in contention to start after coming off the bench last week.

Martin Paterson and Cristian Lopez are unavailable after joining Bristol City and Northampton Town respectively; however 19 year-old Duane Holmes is back in the fold after a loan spell at Yeovil. 

BLACKPOOL

Kevin Foley has recently recovered from a dislocated shoulder and could be in contention to feature.

But Tom Barkhuizen is doubtful after just recently recovering from a broken collarbone. 

MANAGER: Barry Ferguson (Interim Player/Manager)

The 36 year-old former Blackpool captain, was appointed into his first managerial role when he took over from Paul Ince in January. 

Ferguson has been in charge for ten games and has only recorded one win in that time, collecting a total of six points out of a possible 30.

The current Blackpool caretaker boss spent the most fruitful days of his playing career at Rangers, where he made 288 appearances during two stints. Ferguson won 15 club honours during his time at the Ibrox, including five Scottish Premier League titles and a UEFA Cup runners-up medal.

After moving south of the border, he signed for Birmingham City in 2009 under former Rangers manager Alex McLeish. During that time, the combative midfielder won the English League Cup in 2010 when the Blue’s triumphed over Arsenal.

TRANSFERS

IN

David Perkins – Barnsley – Signed 
Tony McMahon – Sheffield United – Signed 
Faris Haroun – Middlesbrough – Signed 
Elliot Grandin – Crystal Palace – Free 
Kevin Foley – Wolves – Loan 
Andrew Halliday – Middlesbrough – Loan 
Andy Keogh – Millwall – Loan
David Goodwillie – Blackburn – Loan 
Stephen Dobbie – Crystal Palace – Loan 

OUT

Robert Harris – Sheffield United – Signed 
Chris Kettings – Hyde – Loan 
Tom Ince – Crystal Palace – Loan 
Jake Caprice – Tamworth – Loan
Robert Grant – Fleetwood – Loan 
Nathan Tyson – Notts County – Loan  

KEY PLAYERS

Ricardo Fuller – An experienced centre forward who signed for the Seasider’s at the beginning of the season, he is Blackpool’s top scorer with five goals in 20 appearances.

Kirk Broadfoot – The 6’3 centre-back, signed for the Seasider’s after leaving Rangers last season. He has been a virtual ever-present at the heart of Blackpool’s defence since and has racked up 32 appearances this season.

Jack Robinson – The 20 year-old left back joined on-loan from Liverpool in time for the beginning of the season. His quick, attacking style has helped him make 22 appearances this term so far.

Chris Basham – A strong, defensive midfielder that reads the game very well and provides extra cover for the defence. He signed for Blackpool after their promotion to the Premier league in the 2010/11 season for a reported £1M. He has made 28 appearances this season and has found the net twice.

Andy Keogh – The Republic of Ireland international joined on-loan from Millwall in the January transfer window. He has put in some good performances and scored two goals in six appearances.

DIRECTIONS

Leave the M6 at Junction 32. Follow the M55 into the outskirts of Blackpool and continue straight along this road until you see the ground on your right. The ground is roughly located about half way between the Pleasure Beach and the Tower and is about a 1/4 of a mile inland from the south shore.

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