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Match Preview: Town v Blackpool

15 December 2017

Marcus Braddock previews tomorrow's game against Blackpool

This weekend we take on Blackpool at home in League One with the Tangerines sitting thirteenth after 21 games. Recent form hasn't been great but this is a team the was fourth after eight games and they've shown themselves capable of matching most teams. The recent form boils down to just two wins in their last ten League games with their last win occurring away at Peterborough. That's not their only away win this season, their other coming against Plymouth in  mid September.

Top Scorers (league goals)
Kyle Vassell 8 (3 in away games)
Sean Longstaff 4 (1 in away games)
Kelvin Mellor 3 (0 in away games)

In their ten away games this season, Blackpool have taken the lead four times and equalized three times. They've conceded two equalizers and nine goals giving their opponent the lead.

Goal Distribution
In terms of goals scored, Blackpool are at their most vulnerable either side of half time with seven goals conceded . They seem to recover well with three goals in away games in the middle fifteen minutes of the second half.

Clean Sheets
Three at home and three away.

Sean Longstaff 4
Viv Solomon-Otabor 3
Callum Cooke 3

Andy Woolmer from Northamptonshire. Games this season 7. Yellow Cards: 15. Red cards: 0.
Assistants:Matt Foley and John Flynn.
Fourth Official Joe Hull.

Squad News
Blackpool top scorer Kyle Vassell looks likely to miss out, striker Mark Cullen is a longer term absence, as is defender Ollie Turton.
Paul Hurst has no new injury worries.

Our home form has been incredibly good and although we've lost a few times in the last couple of months, they were only one goal margins in closely fought games. Blackpool are certainly a danger and not a team to take lightly, whatever their form. As we saw by the Bradford fans jubilation at getting three points here, we've become a notable scalp and teams will relish coming here and making life difficult for us. We have shown we have enough to cope with that factor but it's going to be a hard fight as the season progresses. A win this weekend would be a great start to our Christmas programme with Portsmouth visiting Montgomery Waters Meadow next weekend.


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