Blackpool v Burton Albion AS IT HAPPENED: Updates from Bloomfield Road
Blackpool take on League One's form side in Burton Albion this evening in their rearranged Bloomfield Road fixture.
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Blackpool v Burton Albion - LIVE
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2021, 19:16
- FT: Blackpool 1-1 Burton Albion
- Game set to go ahead at the third attempt after two postponements
- Seasiders bidding to build on seven-game unbeaten run
- Brewers the league’s form side with six straight wins
And welcome to today’s live blog, where we’ll bring you all the build-up, team news and action from Blackpool’s rearranged League One encounter against Burton Albion.
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Blackpool will be hoping it’s third time lucky in tonight’s rearranged clash against Burton Albion after two postponements.
The fixture was originally due to take place on January 30, only for it to be suspended due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the Brewers’ squad.
The rearranged date on February 9 was then postponed barely 10 minutes before kick-off due to a frozen pitch.
Burton have been on fire in recent weeks, winning six straight games and nine from their previous 11 to lift themselves off the bottom of League One and into mid-table.
The Seasiders, meanwhile, are in good form themselves having avoided defeat in all of their previous seven games. However, they will be looking to get back to winning ways on home turf, where they’re unbeaten since October, having drawn three on the spin.
The Seasiders will be without Kevin Stewart after the midfielder suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s goalless draw against Fleetwood Town.
Stewart went in for a 50-50 challenge with Dan Batty, who landed on the former Hull City man as he hit the ground.
Stewart had to be replaced by Matty Virtue and was later seen exiting the stadium on crutches.
The 27-year-old underwent a scan yesterday to discover the full extent of the setback.
Elsewhere, Daniel Gretarsson, Marvin Ekpiteta, Keshi Anderson and Gary Madine all remain sidelined, although Gretarsson and Ekpiteta are said to be making good progress in their recoveries.
Neil Critchley’s pre-match comments
“It will be nice to get the game ahead. Barring a miracle, it will do, so it will be third time lucky.
“We’re meeting the in-form team in the division, who have had some fantastic results recently, winning six in a row.
“Jimmy has done an unbelievable job, so full credit goes to him and his assistant Dino (Maamria) for what they’ve done to turn their fortunes around.
“They come to us full of confidence and bang in form, so you couldn’t ask for a tougher game in this division at this moment in time.
“They’ve beaten Peterborough, they’ve beaten Hull, so they’ve beaten the best teams in the division.
“Then they go and beat Crewe 3-0 away from home, which shows you what they’re capable of.
“Jimmy has had an immediate impact. Whatever he’s done, he’s gone in and made a big, big difference very quickly.
“The trick now is for them to sustain that but, hopefully, they don’t sustain it on Tuesday night and we can stop their good run of form.”
The teams are in
Here’s the Burton side
Neil Critchley opts to make two changes to the side that were held to a goalless draw against Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
The major news is that CJ Hamilton is left out of Blackpool’s squad with an injury and is replaced in the starting line-up by Demetri Mitchell.
The second change sees Matty Virtue come in for Kevin Stewart, who suffered an ankle injury at the weekend.
There is a spot on the bench for young hotshot Brad Holmes, who has been in great goalscoring form for the youth team this season.
Elsewhere, Marvin Ekpiteta, Daniel Gretarsson, Keshi Anderson and Gary Madine all remain sidelined.
Burton, who come into the game on the back of six straight wins and nine in 11, make one change from their 3-0 win at Crewe on Saturday.
Brad Holmes warming up
The teams are out
And kick-off is just moments away.
Can the Seasiders end Burton’s winning run and claim a vital three points in their bid to cut the gap to the League One play-offs? We’ll soon find out.
Up the mighty Pool!
After both sets of players take the knee, Blackpool’s Kenny Dougall gets the game started.