Holloway hints at big changes

Matt Phillips will miss out tonight, while Ludo Sylvestre looks set to start
Matt Phillips will miss out tonight, while Ludo Sylvestre looks set to start
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ONLY a brave man would try to guess Blackpool’s starting line-up at Doncaster tonight.

Manager Ian Holloway has again vowed to mix things up as he seeks three points to keep the Seasiders’ promotion charge on track.

Nouha Dicko, Ian Evatt, John Fleck, Ludovic Sylvestre and Gary Taylor-Fletcher are all hoping for a recall to the starting line-up.

Pool remain unbeaten in 2012 and Holloway said: “I don’t think we’d have done that if I’d been picking the same side.

“There is a balance I need to get that right. I might have to pick different sides home and away. But it is a good time to be connected with this club. Everybody is waiting for their chance.

“When I write the team on the board, they huddle round to see if they are in it. If they are, they’re delighted; if not, they know they will be in with a chance of making the next one.

“But whoever starts, we try to win every game we play. We will never try to block things up and stop things. I don’t like that.”

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Pool head to the Keepmoat Stadium without in-form winger Matt Phillips, who has a hamstring problem.

The 20-year-old has blasted ten goals in his last 11 games but Holloway won’t risk him tonight.

He explained: “Matt has a slight tightening of his hamstring and I’m not going to risk it. There is no point.

“Hopefully resting him tonight will stop it getting any worse.

“I think I have used him in every game. I have tried to keep his good run of form going and we have done that.

“But with the strains and rigours of this division, and with him trying to reach the same high level every time he plays, it might be too much, so I will look after him by leaving him out tonight.”

Keith Southern has returned to training after sustaining a four-inch ankle gash in the FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday last month.

Holloway added: “It is good news but he isn’t ready yet fitness-wise.”

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