Blackpool v Accrington Stanley AS IT HAPPENED: Updates from Bloomfield Road
Blackpool will be aiming to get back to winning ways and cement their spot in the League One play-offs when they take on Accrington Stanley at Bloomfield Road tonight.
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LIVE: Blackpool v Accrington Stanley
Last updated: Tuesday, 13 April, 2021, 19:19
- FT: Blackpool 0-0 Accrington Stanley
- Seasiders unbeaten in their last 14 games and haven’t lost at home in almost six months
- Neil Critchley’s side looking to cement their spot in the League One play-offs
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The Seasiders will be aiming to get back to winning ways after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against promotion rivals Lincoln City on Saturday.
Despite the late setback, Neil Critchley’s men remain in superb form - boasting an impressive 14-game unbeaten run.
They’ve also not been beaten at Bloomfield Road since October 20, a run that stretches almost six months and 16 games in all competitions.
It leaves Pool in fourth place, two points ahead of seventh with a game in hand still to play.
Tonight’s opponents Accrington - who were thrashed 5-1 by relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon on Saturday - have played a game more than Blackpool and sit six points adrift of the top six.
Neil Critchley will be hoping Demetri Mitchell comes back into contention after missing Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Lincoln City through injury.
The winger (above) was a surprise absence from Pool’s squad at the weekend, but Critchley revealed post-match Mitchell had suffered swelling in his knee in training.
It’s not thought to be too serious though and Mitchell, who was due to return to training on Monday, could still feature tonight.
Elsewhere, Kevin Stewart, Matty Virtue, Keshi Anderson, CJ Hamilton and Gary Madine remain sidelined while Bez Lubala continues to miss out due to a ‘club matter’.
Neil Critchley’s pre-match comments
“They had a bad result at the weekend but it doesn’t make them any less of a team or any less dangerous.
“After the Peterborough result (7-0 defeat) the other week, they went and picked up four points from their next two games and won at Oxford away. That just shows you what they’re capable of.
“It’s Accrington, you have to do certain things when you play against them because they’re a good team with good players and a manager and staff that I have an enormous amount of respect for because of the job they’ve done over such a long period of time.
“I’m looking forward to the game but I’m always wary of Accrington after a defeat because of the mentality they’ve shown, not just this season but through John’s period of time at the club.
“They’ve always fought against the odds and proven themselves, so this game is no different.
“I can’t speak highly enough of John and his staff, they do an incredible job.
“They’ve got so much passion for the game, so much passion for Accrington and they’re football men. They’re really intelligent, they get the best out of their players and they know how to do it because they do it every single season.”
John Coleman’s pre-match comments
“The lads are hurting after Saturday. There is not point beating them with a stick, we will work on our shape today and try and win.
“Blackpool have done well this season. I said it from day one that they would be there or thereabouts, they have a large quality squad and that has come to the fore in the last couple of weeks. They have had injuries and you haven’t noticed them.
“That’s the sign of having strength in depth and they have it all over the park.
“I have been impressed the way Neil Critchley has gone about it, I like him as a fella’ and he comes across really well. I enjoy speaking to him and we will have a good chat after the game.
“I like to see people who play football the right way, who have good ethics about them, thrive and it’s nice to see Blackpool thriving.
“They have a lot to play for, automatics as well, and we have just got to try and get ourselves back on track.
“If we can, that will do me and we will take it one game at a time. This is one of those games where you can kick start yourself. Historically we have done well against teams in the top ten and we will try and do our best again.”
The teams are in
Here’s the Accy side
Neil Critchley opts to make just one change to the side that threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Lincoln City at the weekend.
Jordan Gabriel is the man to come into the side, taking Ollie Turton’s place at right-back.
Elsewhere, Demetri Mitchell returns to Blackpool’s squad after missing out on Saturday with swelling to his knee.
Bez Lubala remains unavailable due to a ‘club matter’ and Kevin Stewart, Matty Virtue, Keshi Anderson, CJ Hamilton and Gary Madine all remain sidelined.
Former Seasider Michael Nottingham lines up for Accrington, who make two changes from their surprise 5-1 thrashing at the hands of relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon.
The teams are out
And kick-off is moments away.
Can the Seasiders keep their unbeaten run going and cement their spot in the play-offs with another important win? We’ll soon find out.
Up the mighty Pool!
Following a minute’s silence, Blackpool’s Kenny Dougall gets the game underway.