Fergie’s full-back headache

Blackpool's Jack Robinson
Blackpool's Jack Robinson
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Blackpool face a double suspension blow after Saturday’s defeat by Birmingham.

Jack Robinson was sent off for the third time this season, while fellow full-back Tony McMahon picked up his tenth booking.

It means both will miss Saturday’s trip to Watford and the following weekend’s home game against the Bournemouth.

Robinson will also miss the midweek visit of Ian Holloway’s Millwall on March 11.

The Liverpool loan defender received his red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity, which usually carries a one-match ban but Robinson’s had been increased to three because it was his third dismissal.

It’s a big blow for stand-in boss Barry Ferguson, who has picked an unchanged team in his last three games. Ferguson said: “I’ll have to make changes on Saturday now. I picked the same side because I think they deserved to be there.

“We have a good squad now, which I think is capable of doing well.

“Everyone is fighting for their place.

“We have the squad to cope with the suspensions and injuries.

“We won’t be looking in the loan market to replace them. I don’t need to.” As for the incidents themselves, Ferguson added: “I didn’t see the sending-off clearly, so I don’t know.

“I thought it could have maybe been a yellow card.

“Tony was on nine (bookings), so that rules him out now.

“He’ll be a miss. He’s done well for us since he came in.

“It means we’ll have to rejig things next week.”