Blackpool look to brand new front two at Wigan

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Blackpool could field a totally new strikeforce at Wigan this afternoon.

Manager Neil McDonald is desperate to improve his side’s goal tally – no Pool player has found the net in seven games.

Pool’s only goal during that period was Nathan Pond’s own goal against Fleetwood last time out.

Jack Redshaw was the last Seasiders player to score with a penalty against Bury eight games ago. Pool have scored only once from open play in their last 12 games – a major reason why they sit in the League One relegation zone.

McDonald could pair loan duo Elliot Lee and Andy Little in attack at the DW today, providing Preston loan man Little passes a late fitness test.

The Pool boss said: “Andy Little is almost there. He trained on Thursday and Friday, and hopefully he’ll come into the squad for Wigan.

“We could have some good options in attack now. We have to find a dynamic which works to help us finish the chances we create. It’s something we’ve not been doing lately.

“Andy had shown excellent commitment to try to get fit. We’ll see how he is come Saturday.”

The only absentees from Pool’s squad are the long-term injury victims Henry Cameron, Colin Doyle and Lloyd Jones.

The Seasiders haven’t played for a fortnight but McDonald says that time has been put to good use.

“We’ve worked hard on the training ground and worked at topping up the fitness,” he said.

“The coming Christmas period is a busy spell, so it was important we got the work in and hopefully what we did will see us through that.

“We’ve done the Christmas schedule now. The players know when they’ll be in and off.

“We’ll try to stick to that as much as we possibly can. We’ll be in the majority of days.

“It’s a busy schedule but it’s one we are really looking forward to.”

Having stopped the rot against Fleetwood at Bloomfield Road, Pool are now hoping to match the six-game unbeaten run they put together earlier in the season.

McDonald admitted: “It seems ages since the Fleetwood game.

“We lost four at the start of the season, then we went on a six-game unbeaten run. We have to do that again now and I believe we can.

“Wigan will be a tough test, but if we take our chances when they come I believe we can win the game.”

Blackpool could field a totally new strikeforce at Wigan this afternoon.