MK Dons v Blackpool AS IT HAPPENED: Updates from Stadium MK as Seasiders look to get back to winning ways after late setbacks

Blackpool take on MK Dons this evening aiming to get back to winning ways after two back-to-back draws at Bloomfield Road.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 9:02 pm
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MK Dons v Blackpool - AS IT HAPPENED

Last updated: Tuesday, 09 March, 2021, 19:22

  • FT: MK Dons 0-1 Blackpool
  • Seasiders looking to get back to winning ways after back-to-back draws
  • Neil Critchley’s side unbeaten in last five outings

And welcome to today’s live blog, where we’ll bring you all the build-up, team news and action from Blackpool’s League One encounter against MK Dons.

Follow the blog for regular updates throughout the evening.

The Seasiders head to Buckinghamshire looking to get back to winning ways after back-to-back draws at Bloomfield Road against Crewe Alexandra and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

Having been pegged back late on in both encounters, Neil Critchley’s side will be desperate to claim three points in their bid to cut the gap to the League One play-offs.

Despite Pool’s recent setbacks, they remain in good form, with five wins from their last eight games and in the midst of a five-game unbeaten streak.

Tonight’s opponents MK Dons, who were beaten 1-0 at Bloomfield Road earlier in the season, sit in 16th position in the League One table, three points adrift of the Seasiders having played four games more.

Russell Martin’s side were beaten 3-0 by relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Gary Madine (above) continues to be sidelined with a groin injury that has kept him out of Blackpool’s last seven games.

The striker’s absence was initially anticipated to be a brief one, but Madine hasn’t featured since the 5-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic on January 26.

The 30-year-old was due to return to full training tomorrow though.

Elsewhere, CJ Hamilton continued his return from a serious hamstring injury with 60 minutes during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon. The club will now assess if the winger is fit enough to start a game second in just four days.

Marvin Ekpiteta, Daniel Gretarsson and Keshi Anderson are all longer-term concerns.

Neil Critchley’s pre-match comments

“I think MK Dons typify a lot of teams in this division.

“There’s no doubting their quality, they’re arguably the best footballing team in terms of possession.

“I said prior to the Ipswich away game that it’s only a matter of time until they turn around their poor form because of the quality of players they’ve got. They beat us, they lost to Peterborough but then they went on a little run and now they’re higher in the table.

“You look at MK Dons’ team and you think at some point their form will turn around and they will start winning games again.

“We just hope that’s not on Tuesday night.”

Russell Martin’s pre-match comments

“They have a manager I really like and they’ve got a guy who’s made a really big difference in Colin Calderwood, who is a good friend of mine and someone I’ve got a lot of respect for.

“They’re a very athletic team, they’re very organised and well-drilled and very good at what they do.

“They’re very good out of possession and can counter-attack quickly, so it’s going to be a tough game for us, there’s no doubt about it.

“They’re in good form and they have some big threats that we have to try and negate.

“We’re back at home, which is good, and we’ll look forward to that. We’ll try and implement our game plan and get our game going again.”

On the back of conceding so late on against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, Neil Critchley opts to freshen things up by making four changes.

Jordan Thorniley is replaced by Luke Garbutt, which sees James Husband shift over from left-back into the centre of defence.

Elsewhere, Saturday’s goalscorer Ellis Simms is given a breather, dropping down to the bench as the Seasiders revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

This sees Sunderland loanee Elliot Embleton come into the side to play in a number 10 role behind lone striker Jerry Yates, with Grant Ward and Sullay Kaikai on the flanks either side of him.

Demetri Mitchell and CJ Hamilton are the two to make way for Ward and Kaikai, while Daniel Gretarsson, Marvin Ekpiteta, Keshi Anderson and Gary Madine all remain sidelined.

Here’s the MK Dons side

And kick-off here at Stadium:MK is moments away.

Can the Seasiders get back to winning ways after consecutive home draws 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 Elliot Embleton gets us underway.

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