Blackpool travel to league leaders Gillingham this Saturday as they look to build upon their first win of the season.
Gillingham’s start to the season has been nothing short of superb and they top the league with 14 points and boast an unbeaten home record.
Pool will certainly be in for a tough match on Saturday but the result last weekend is sure to have given them a much needed confidence boost. Neil McDonald will certainly be hoping his side can build upon those 3 points and pick up back to back wins, the first for Blackpool since 2013.
Talking to the official site, McDonald said: ‘We’ve got some good players at this football club and they’re all fighting for their place and all fighting for the shirt.’
Adding: ‘I think we’re getting better, they’re getting to know each other and hopefully Scunthorpe helps us turn the corner so we can get more results and more points on the board. We need to become difficult to beat to rise up the league.’
Speaking to the Gills official site, manager Justin Edinburgh said: “They managed to get a win away at Scunthorpe on Saturday; their first win in 20 which I think is a bit of a blessing.”
“Not too long ago they were a Premier League side, there are a lot of documented problems but I think we`ve got to push that to one side.”
Gillingham Team News:
John Egan, Brennan Dickenson and Aaron Morris have been out injured but could return to the side against Blackpool.
Player to watch: Bradley Dack
The midfielder has had a fine start to the season, scoring 5 goals already. He’s been a key part of the side that has gone to the top of the table.
Blackpool Team News:
McDonald has a fully fit squad to choose from, as he did last week.
Colin Doyle’s astonishing performance last week has earned him the number 1 goalkeeping spot and Jose Cubero could start again following his good showing against Scunthorpe.
Player to watch: Colin Doyle
The keeper could be called into action on many occasions again on Saturday in what will undoubtedly be another tough away game.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time the two clubs met was in 2007 at Priestfields. The sides drew 2-2.
Gillingham are yet to concede a goal at home so it will be extremely tough for Pool to make the breakthrough and I don’t think Pool can keep the home side out. I’ll go for a 2-0 home win.