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McCall's team news and views ahead of Blackpool trip

23 October 2018

Manager Stuart McCall says the Iron will still be without Lee Novak as they travel to Blackpool in League One on Tuesday night.

The forward missed Saturday’s defeat at Wycombe Wanderers through a calf problem and, though he trained in part of Monday’s session, the match against the Seasiders in midweek will come too soon for the ex-Charlton man.

“He did a little bit on Monday but he’s still niggly and nowhere near 100 per cent yet. He did a bit of the session but won’t travel with us. Ike (Ugbo) came through Saturday fine though,” McCall told iFollow Iron.

Elsewhere, there are no fresh injury worries and McCall expects to have the same group of players available for selection.

United enter the match at Bloomfield Road looking to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing loss to the Chairboys.

He added: “As I said after the game on Saturday when it was really raw, and having analysed things back, we’re still hugely disappointed because you should never lose the game from 2-0 up. We’re losing too many goals, and it’s only us who can change that when we go out there by cutting out the individual errors.  

“Football is a game of fine margins and the difference between winning and losing can be so tiny at times. Against Peterborough, we made two errors and it cost us. Saturday was similar - they scored two good goals from outside the box but we could have closed them down quicker, while the third goal was an individual error. 

“We have to tighten up, we know that. We still have belief but it’s about cutting out the elementary mistakes. It’s not just defenders, but it’s about widemen stopping full-backs getting crosses in, when it goes up front looking after it better, when it’s corners or free-kicks we have to get to second balls and stop people having shots at goal. We have to do all the dirty bits that people don’t see better.

“We go to a real in-form Blackpool, who are hard-working, organised and defensively strong. They’re on the back of ten games unbeaten and we know it’s a tough one, but when the chips are down you need characters to come to the fore and that’s what we’ll aim to do.

“We had a bright session (in training on Monday), got in amongst them and got them lifted. It’s the next chance to get three points and move up the table. That’s got to be the mindset, it will be the same squad again and it’s about getting the best out of what we’ve got and the players stepping up. It’s been inconsistent but only we can change it. We need a courageous defensive performance throughout the team but also with the belief we can cause Blackpool problems.”

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