Blackpool will be looking to bounce back immediately from Saturday’s late defeat to Portsmouth when they travel to Coventry tomorrow night.
The Seasiders have made a solid start to the season but if they are to have ambitions of making an immediate return to the Premier League, then this is exactly the sort of game they need to be winning.
The Sky Blues have endured a difficult summer losing the likes of Marlon King, Kieren Westwood and Aron Gunnarsson and already find themselves in the bottom three.
‘Pool boss Ian Holloway was gutted about Pompey’s 94th minute winner on Saturday, and wants his team to respond in the best way possible – with a win tomorrow night:
‘I think our play merited a totally different result. It just goes to show that you have to take your chances and unfortunately on the day we didn’t.
‘We let some late goals in last season and we’ve got to get out of the habit of doing that because it is not a good thing to do.
‘This game against Coventry is now a chance to put what happened at Portsmouth behind us, and try and get a spanking result against them if we can.’
Coventry Team News:
Coventry are without Carl Baker, Gary Deegan and Richard Wood.
Player to watch: Lukas Jutkiewicz
The striker has attracted a bit of interest from bigger clubs, and has already found the back of the net a few times this season.
Blackpool Team News:
Billy Clarke and Brett Ormerod are expected to return to the squad after being rested on Saturday.
Spanish midfielder Angel Martinez Cervera is also expected to play some part tomorrow night.
Player to watch: Kevin Phillips
Rejected a move to Coventry in the summer in favour of joining the Seasiders and you wouldn’t bet against him rubbing salt into the hosts’ wounds with a goal or two tomorrow night.
Match Facts & Stats
Blackpool have won 14 of their 25 league and cup matches against Coventry, who have prevailed in eight.
It was April 1937 when the Seasiders last took away maximum league points from Coventry, courtesy of a 2-1 victory. The two points helped Blackpool win promotion to the top-flight.
Coventry have scored a goal a game on average against Blackpool.
The 2-0 home win over Derby on 10 September remains Coventry’s only victory in nine league and cup games.
The third-bottom Sky Blues have made their worst start to a league season in 12 years.
Blackpool have not managed a victory on the road since eclipsing Hull 1-0 at the KC Stadium on the opening day. It is the only time in this calendar year they have returned from their travels with maximum points.
The Seasiders have not conceded a Championship goal earlier than the 29th minute. Every other club have had their defences breached earlier than that.
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Saturday 1st October, 3pm