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Big Preview: Blackpool vs Southend United

16 March 2018

Blackpool vs Southend United

Blues make the long trip up to Blackpool tomorrow afternoon looking to put an end to their three-game winless run with three points against Gary Bowyer’s Tangerines.

Southend travelled to Rochdale for their rearranged game in midweek and recorded a second successive 0-0 draw after a stalemate against Doncaster Rovers last Saturday.

Their hosts though go into this one off the back of a 1-0 home win against Charlton Athletic, secured with an injury-time winner from their captain Jimmy Ryan.

The Tangerines sit one place below Southend in 14th in the table and will be looking to secure a second straight win which would see them leapfrog Chris Powell’s Blues.

Blackpool: WLWDWD

Southend United: DDLWDW

30th September 2017: Southend United (Wordsworth, Cox) 2 vs 1 (Vassell) Blackpool

2nd April 2016: Blackpool (Cullen, Blyth) 2 vs 0 Southend United

21st November 2015: Southend United (Thompson) 1 vs 0 Blackpool

John White is back in training with Blues and may return to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury that has seen the centre-half out since early February.

Simon Cox sat out the draw against Rochdale in midweek, so he’ll be looking to return to the starting line-up, as will Stephen McLaughlin who came on as a second-half substitute at Spotland.

The Southend squad all came through the midweek stalemate against Rochdale unscathed with only long-term absentees Ted Smith and Rob Kiernan missing for Chris Powell.

Blackpool will have to make do without striker Nathan Delfouneso after the former Aston Villa striker had to be stretchered off during their win over Charlton on Tuesday night.

Delfouneso went down after a serious clash of heads with Lewis Page in the 17th minute of the match and will miss Southend’s visit as Blackpool follow their concussion protocols. 

Kelvin Mellor is also sidelined for Gary Bowyer's side with ankle ligament damage.

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“It is something I have to balance, do it right, because there’ still ten games to go - ten very important games - thirty points. We need to get as many as we can.

“We’ve managed to get fifteen points from 24 available and I want us to do that again in the next eight, nine, ten games because it’s important that we finish with a flourish - finish well and show the fans that this season won’t peter out.

“It can, anyway - because there is too much to play for. We are right in the middle of it more or less, we need to make sure the season doesn’t just fizzle out - there’s still many important games and issues to be dealt with here.”

Gary Bowyer, Blackpool Manager:

“I’ve got a lot of time for Chris [Powell], when he was Huddersfield manager I came across him a couple of times when I was at Blackburn and I’m delighted he’s back in the game.

“His teams always try and play the right way and he’s got an experienced team there so we know the challenge the lies ahead on Saturday for us.”

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Match Report: Blackpool 1-1 Southend

17 March 2018

Blues drew for the third game running in tricky and snowy circumstances at Bloomfield Road, and came agonisingly close to stealing all three points late on.

For Blues trip to Blackpool, Chris Powell made four changes to Blues starting line-up, as John White, Michael Timlin, Stephen McLaughlin and Simon Cox were all recalled to the side.

Blackpool started the better of the two sides, and after just 35 seconds Blues were fortunate not to be a goal down, as Sean Longstaff rattled the crossbar from around 12 yards out, following some excellent play by Viv Solomon-Otabor down the left wing.

However, following their nervy start, Blues took the lead in the 11th minute, as a Wordsworth free kick from around 20 yards out hit Joe Lumley’s left-hand post, and fell kindly to Marc Antoine Fortune, who bundled the ball home to give Blues the lead.

Blues nearly doubled their lead in the 19th minute, as some excellent combination play by Anthony Wordsworth and Ben Coker down the left-hand side saw the latter cross the ball in towards the back post where Stephen McLaughlin rose above his marker, but, the Irishman headered the ball just wide of Lumley’s left-hand post. 

The first half was one of few chances, however, when they came Blues had the most notable efforts, as in the 35th minute, Fortune nearly doubled his goal tally, as yet again some excellent play between Wordsworth and Coker down the left-hand side, saw Coker pass the ball to Fortune at the edge of the penalty area, however, Lumley in the Blackpool goal was equal to the Frenchman’s curling effort towards the far post.

However, on the stroke of half time, Blackpool equalised following a corner from the left-hand side, which was swung in by Jimmy Ryan and was powerfully met by Danny Philliskirk, who forced a world class save by Mark Oxley, but, Blues couldn’t clear their lines, and the rebound was hammered home by Clark Robertson.

Through the early stages of the second half, each side cancelled each other out, but, in the 50th minute Mark Oxley produced a brilliant double save, as Longstaff sliced through the middle of Blues midfield around 20 yards out and took a shot which Oxley palmed into the path of Kyle Vassell whose effort looked bound for the top left-hand corner, but for a smart reflex save by Blues goalkeeper.

At midpoint in the second half, Blackpool were in their ascendancy, as they had a couple of notable efforts on goal, with firstly Kyle Vassell going close, as he nipped in front of his marker John White, but, put his effort high and wide from just inside the box.

Then, with little under 20 minutes to go, Vassell found himself in on goal again, as he beat Michael Turner to a through ball, but, Oxley produced a smart save to his bottom left-hand corner to keep the scores level.

In the 84th minute, Blues came agonizingly close to taking the lead, as a bombing run down the right wing by Demetriou, saw the Cyprus captain pass the ball in field to Wordsworth, who then passed the ball to Dru Yearwood who put an excellent through ball to Demetriou, who was in on goal, however, his effort hit the inside of the right-hand post and out, much to the Tangerines relief.

This means that Blues have no wins in their last four games, and have drew three games in a row. However, in tricky and snowy circumstances, this was a hard earned away point at Bloomfield Road. Blues next game is at Roots Hall against Rotherham on Saturday.

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Ticket News

Blackpool Ticket News

15 March 2018

Blackpool tickets will come off sale at 3pm on Friday 16 March

We were allocated 500 tickets in the North Stand, with more available if required.

Prices will not increase on the day but will be cash only.

Prices:

Adult - £22.00

Seniors (60+) - £18.00

Juniors (U19) - £10.00

Juniors (Under 11) – with an accompanying adult/senior - £0.00

Disabled fans pay the age related price and receive a free carer ticket if required.

For Blackpool Travel details click here.

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