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PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL (A)

15 January 2016

The Iron are back in League One action on Saturday as they travel to Blackpool aiming to carry on their good run.

Mark Robins’ side are unbeaten in their last three league matches and put up a spirited display against Premier League side Chelsea last week.

The Tangerines have lost their last three matches following a run of three straight wins, with two of those wins coming against teams chasing the play-offs.

They have signed Danny Philliskirk and Mark Yeates in a bid to help fire them to safety this season, with the former netting seven times for Oldham this campaign.



Conor Townsend could make his first appearance for the Iron since his permanent transfer, after the defender was ineligible for the trip to Chelsea.

Fellow January arrival Murray Wallace played at Stamford Bridge last week and will hope to keep his place in the side.

The only players Mark Robins will not have at his disposal are Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey, but both are edging closer to a return.



Blackpool will hope new signing Danny Philliskirk can hit the ground running, with top scorer Mark Cullen struggling with injury.

Philliskirk joined at the start of the month from fellow League One strugglers Oldham, where he has found the net seven times this season.

The forward started his career at Chelsea, but found first team opportunities hard to come by so went on loan to Oxford and Sheffield United.

He moved to the latter when his loan expired in 2011, with his Chelsea contract also up, but his spell at the Blades proved to be disappointing.

The 24-year-old joined Coventry in January 2013, but only made one appearance in his six-month spell with the club.

His next move to Oldham proved to be a success though, with the striker enjoying two and a half years with the club before his move to Blackpool.



The Iron’s last visit to Bloomfield Road came in 2009/10 when the hosts ran out 4-1 winners on their way to promotion to the Premier League.

After a goalless first half, United took the lead as Paul Hayes opened the scoring just six minutes after the restart.

Blackpool soon equalised through Ian Evatt though, and the game was swiftly turned around following the dismissal of Iron ‘keeper Joe Murphy.

The hosts took full advantage, with Charlie Adam and Ben Burgess scoring soon after the Iron had been reduced to ten men.

They added a fourth goal in the last minute as Alex Baptiste completed a 4-1 victory for Ian Holloway’s side.



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