Date:Friday November 6 2009
7th November 2009
Seven games played at Bloomfield Road in the league this campaign and The Seasiders have won five of those after drawing the opening two.
Coventry City, Newcastle United, Peterborough, Plymouth and Sheffield United have all gone back home with nothing - scoring just one goal and conceding 12 between them.
So, tomorrow should be easy? Doubtful - it's something Ian Holloway's side won't entertain and Stephen Crainey has this week come out saying it'll be a tricky game.
Scunny have struggled away from home though. Winning just once on the road (interestingly the same amount of wins as ourselves, but their's came at Palace, where we were soundly beaten) they've found hitting the net hard (apart from at Selhurst Park) and with a 'Pool defence very tight at home the bookies could have this one spot on - a comfortable home win.
Stephen Crainey: 'We are playing some of the best football I have seen.
'We know Scunthorpe will make life difficult for us, and no-one should expect us to turn up and win because they are going well.
'But we have a great bunch of boys, and no matter who plays we always put in a good shift.'
United keeper Joe Murphy:
'They (Blackpool) stayed in the league last year and have kicked on now this year especially,' Murphy told www.sportscunny.co.uk.
'They're a bit of a bogey side but hopefully we'll be able to change that.
'They're an established Championship side now and I'm not surprised at all because this is a funny division.'
Daniel Nardiello and Gary Taylor-Fletcher played for the reserves in midweek but didn't impress the gaffer. It's likely GTF will make the squad but remains to be seen whether he plays.
Joe Martin looks set to leave 'Pool briefly on loan whilst Stephen McPhee and Danny Coid are still out injured.
There are doubts over the fitness of Neal Eardley and David Vaughan after neither were called up to the Wales squad for next weeks friendly against Scotland.
Charlie Adam is back from suspension and Bouazza should return from France in time for the game.
After conceding three goals last weekend Gilks will be looking for another clean sheet to add to the three in four games already.
He's built up an understanding with the back four and hopefully Ollie will have faith in keeping him between the sticks.
Gary Hooper is missing for the visitors - a huge blow to their cause. The striker has notched six goals already this term but misses out with a virus.
As does midfielder Josh Wright, who the Seasiders were linked with in the summer.
Defender Rob Jones - another reported target for 'Pool - has declared himself fit and if he plays Burgess and co look set for an aerial battle as Jones towers above most others in the football league.
The midfielder signed for a nominal fee from York last summer and proved an excellent signing for The Iron in his first year.
He's continued that form this time out, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win against Newcastle recently. Whoever plays right back will have a tough time.
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