Date:Tuesday August 18 2009
18th August 2009
Last pre-season we lost our most prized asset, Wes Hoolahan, to Norwich and ended up playing The Canaries in the second game of the campaign.
This time around we've again lost our most prized asset in Shaun Barker, and his new Derby County side travel to Bloomfield Road tonight for the third game of the 09/10 Championship season. The atmosphere surrounding meeting an old friend is a bit more pleasant 12 months on, with the manner of Reggie's transfer being far less public than that of Wes'. The mutual respect between Barker and the Blackpool fans should see that the 90 minutes of football will be the only focus of attention.
Rams boss Nigel Clough on a possible start for Barker: 'We will be looking at the back four who started on Saturday. Can they get a clean sheet at Blackpool? If not, who comes in to give us the best chance of doing that?
'Shaun can play right-back or centre-back and we've got Jay McEveley who can play left-back.
'So there are one or two options but we have to be certain they are going to do better than the lads who are in there at the moment.'
'Pool manager Ian Holloway on the refereeing scandal at Ashton Gate on Saturday: 'I would have said 'stop, come off the pitch lads'. In fact I'd have walked on the pitch and walked them off because that is wrong.
'I'd probably be fined for doing that but I'm sorry, the Football League should be fined - they've ruined our season so far. Respect campaign ... for what?'
Striker Ben Burgess remains a huge doubt for The Seasiders as he struggles with a groin injury which kept him out of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Cardiff.
It is thought that Daniel Nardiello will also miss the game, which means Brett Ormerod is a certain starter unless Billy Clarke has fought his way into Ollie's thoughts, or fresh blood is drafted in before half-past five.
New loan signing Jay Emmanual-Thomas is set for a place on the bench, with the midfield five likely to comprise of Euell, Adam, Southern, Vaughan and Taylor-Fletcher.
If 'Pool's number 10 starts tonight he'll be looking to provide a better link between himself and the midfield than he did at the weekend. The 4-5-1 formation employed doesn't suit the former Southampton man but he will have to attempt to hold the ball up to runners from midfield to get involved.
After returning from injury in Saturday's away defeat at Scunthorpe, Rob Hulse is expected to play some part. He'll be joined by Kris Commons who has also shaken off a hamstring problem.
The visitors are likely to field a 4-5-1 formation and it isn't yet known whether Shaun Barker will get his first start in a white shirt or not.
The former Doncaster Rover's midfielder really pulls the strings in the middle of midfield and had two instrumental games against The Seasiders last term.
In the 4-1 demolition of Tony Parkes' side he scored third and was a stand out performer at Bloomfield Road in a 3-2 thriller in favour of the home side.
If he's given room, his passing could prove a problem.
To predict the match and be in with a shout of winning a year's subscription to Tangerine Player, click here >>>
Mr E Ilderton
Saturday 22nd August 2009
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Tuesday August 18 2009
Seasiders fans protest (Monday July 21 2014)
Full Time: Penrith 0-4 Blackpool (Saturday July 19 2014)
Bfc in crisis? (Saturday July 19 2014)
Fixture change: Cardiff City (Tuesday July 15 2014)
Pre season tour cancelled (Tuesday July 15 2014)
Penrith friendly arranged (Saturday July 12 2014)
Pool now set to lose McGahey (Friday July 4 2014)
Pool announce first signing (Friday July 4 2014)
Gilks signs for Burnley (Wednesday July 2 2014)
Get social with Blackpool Vital (Monday June 30 2014)
|LUFC Leeds pull out of chase for French striker
» Leeds Utd : 23/07/2014 20:45:00
|Leeds trying to push Viviani deal over the line
» Leeds Utd : 23/07/2014 20:17:00
|Enquires But Nothing Concrete For Best
» Blackburn : 23/07/2014 19:55:00
|LUFC Former favourite moves into coaching
» Leeds Utd : 23/07/2014 19:36:00
|Magath Signs Two New Players!
» Fulham : 23/07/2014 17:20:00