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PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL (H)

4 September 2015

The Iron welcome Blackpool on Saturday and will be looking to continue their decent home league record.

Mark Robins’ side have kept clean sheets in both their matches at Glanford Park and will hope to keep their visitors at bay and claim all three points.

It has been a challenging summer from Blackpool, with their squad getting a complete overhaul from the one that got relegated last season.

This could be a factor in their slow start that has only seen them take one point from their opening five matches.

They will hope to claim a first win of the season on Saturday, but have not managed one away from home since April 2014 when they defeated Wigan.



Mark Robins may look to make a few changes from the side that lost in Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday, with key players like Paddy Madden rested.

Jack King was substituted in midweek, requiring stitches on a head injury, but he is likely to be fit to face Blackpool on Saturday.

Jamie Ness has also made a return to training.

That means that there are no new injury worries for Robins and it is only a couple of his long-term absentees that will be missing.




Summer signing Mark Cullen could prove crucial to Blackpool’s season, with the striker already hitting the ground running.

The 23-year-old joined from Luton Town and carried over the form he showed at the Hatters to net twice already this season.

Cullen started his career at Hull, where he played in the Premier League a couple of times, including a start against Wigan where he scored.

Loan spells at Bradford, Bury and Stockport followed, until he joined Luton in 2013 following his release at Hull.

At the Hatters, he helped guide them to promotion to League Two as well as helping them achieve a respectable position the following season.

He joined Blackpool for a fee believed to be around £200k and his new side will hope his goals can lead them to a good season.



Blackpool ran out 4-2 winners at Glanford Park back in 2009/10, a victory that would help them to promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

They took the lead when Andrew Wright put through his own net, but the Iron equalised when Grant McCann scored from the spot.

Seamus Coleman restored the lead for Blackpool with less than 15 minutes left and, as the Iron pushed for a leveller, DJ Campbell grabbed a brace.

The Iron grabbed a consolation thanks to Gary Hooper, but it was three goals in an eight minute spell that gave the visitors all three points.

Scunthorpe would go on to finish in 20th spot in that campaign, which was their first following promotion from League One.



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