Blackpool travel to the Ricoh Arena this week to take on 5th placed Coventry City.
Pool have won their last 3 games under Neil McDonald but didn’t play last Saturday due to the fixture being postponed, nevertheless the Seasiders will be looking to carry on their recent impressive displays this weekend but will be in for a tough match.
Neil McDonald told the Blackpool FC official site: ‘They`re a very good footballing team. In the league they`re in the top six, and we haven`t taken anything from a top six team yet, but we`re full of confidence and we`re really looking forward to the game at a big stadium.’
Adding: ‘Over the last three games our attacking play has been very good, we`ve been creating chances, we`ve been very tight and work for each other when we haven`t got the ball, which gives you a chance of winning games.’
Coventry boss Tony Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph: ‘They`re team looking to push on. They had a rest last weekend so had a long time to prepare before playing us. Their manager was at our game at the weekend so they will definitely be coming up with a game plan and have had plenty of time to organise and prepare.’
Adding: ‘They`re all difficult games. Just because they are towards the other end of the league doesn`t mean it`s not going to be difficult, as we found at Fleetwood at the weekend.’
Coventry City Team News:
Ivor Lawton is out injured for the whole season with a knee injury. James Maddison, Jordan Willis and Jack Finch will also miss out.
Player to watch: Adam Armstrong
The 18 year old attacker on loan from Newcastle has been outstanding this season, scoring 8 goals already. If Pool are to get anything from the game then he has to be contained.
Blackpool Team News:
The Tangerines are without young defender Lloyd Jones who is out for 2-3 months with an ankle injury.
Kyle Letheren, David Norris and Henry Cameron will also be assessed before the match to see if they’re fit to play.
Mark Cullen praised the return to a 4-4-2 on the official site this week and McDonald could again opt for this formation, despite travelling away to a good attacking side.
Player to watch: Brad Potts
The midfielder has been one of Blackpool’s star men these past 3 games and has the ability to create a lot of chances both for himself and his team mates.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time Pool took on Coventry at the Ricoh Arena in 2011 the game ended 2-2 with Keith Southern bagging a late equaliser for Ian Holloway’s side.
A 1-1 draw. Coventry will be tough but McDonald’s men have improved a lot recently.