TEAM NEWS: Pool forced into one change for Rovers clash

Sean Longstaff comes into the side to replace the injured Kelvin Mellor
Sean Longstaff comes into the side to replace the injured Kelvin Mellor
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Blackpool have been forced into making one change to their team for today's trip to East Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers.

Kelvin Mellor misses out with what is feared to be an ankle injury, allowing Sean Longstaff to come back into the side following a short spell out on the sidelines.

Mellor is thought to be out with an ankle injury

Mellor is thought to be out with an ankle injury

Mellor, who has been playing on the right-hand side of midfield in recent games, is likely to be replaced on the wing by Nathan Delfouneso allowing Longstaff to play in a midfield three alongside Jimmy Ryan and former Rovers midfielder Jay Spearing.

Kyle Vassell continues in attack.

Blackpool, who enjoyed a five-game unbeaten run in February, are looking to claim their third straight away win.

It comes after 2-0 victories against both Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth last month, which left Bowyer's side five points ahead of the League One dropzone.

Meanwhile today's opponents are five points clear at the top of the table, although both Shrewsbury Town and Wigan have games in hand to play.

Blackburn: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew, Williams, Bennett, Smallwood, Payne, Dack, Armstrong, Graham

Subs: Leutwiler, Samuel, Bell, Antonsson, Downing, Evans, Conway

Blackpool: Lumley, Turton, Tilt, Robertson, Daniel, Ryan, Spearing, Longstaff, Delfouneso, Solomon-Otabor, Vassell

Subs: Mafoumbi, Taylor, Aimson, D'Almeida, Philliskirk, Agyei, Gnanduillet

Referee: Lee Probert