Rochdale v Blackpool: Team news from Boxing Day clash at Spotland

Paudie O'Connor starts his first league game since August
Paudie O'Connor starts his first league game since August
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Blackpool are missing a trio of key defensive players for their Boxing Day trip to Rochdale this afternoon.

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Curtis Tilt and Ollie Turton remain out injured and have also been joined on the sidelines by Donervon Daniels.

It means Pool have reverted to a back four for today's trip to Spotland, with Ben Heneghan and Paudie O'Connor the two centre backs.

Harry Pritchard and John O'Sullivan also drop out of the team that lost 1-0 against Barnsley last Saturday.

Michael Nottingham, Callum Guy and Nathan Delfouneso join O'Connor in coming into the side as Terry McPhillips makes four changes to the line-up.

Joe Dodoo and Mark Cullen remain out injured.

Rochdale are 17th in League One and seven points behind the Seasiders, who are five points adrift of the play-off spots.

Keith Hill has named an unchanged side from the 2-1 win at Southend United last weekend.

TEAMS

Rochdale: Moore, Rafferty, Delaney, Williams, Camps, Williams, Rathbone, Done, Adshead, Gillam, Henderson

Subs: Lillis, Ntlhe, McNulty, McGahey, Andrew, Perkins, Inman

Blackpool: Howard, Nottingham, Heneghan, O'Connor, Bola, Spearing, Guy, Thompson, Feeney, Delfouneso, Gnanduillet

Subs: Boney, McLaughlin, Bunney, Taylor, Pritchard, O'Sullivan, Davies

Referee: Thomas Bramall