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Plymouth vs. Blackpool

Bloomfield Road

27th March 2010


Plymouth vs Blackpool: Preview

After the 5-1 thumping of Swansea City on Tuesday night, the Seasiders travel to Plymouth aiming to close the gap on the top six.

Ian Holloway's men have struggled on the road so far this campaign - only notching three wins and seven draws the entire season.

Plymouth on the other hand haven't faired much better at home; the Pilgrims winning just five of their 18 fixtures at Home Park to date.

But it's now crunch time for both teams in a bid to turn around their respective forms, with the home side battling to stay in the Championship and 'Pool battling to have a chance to get out of it.

Vital Quotes:

Ollie on today's loan deadline: 'I'll have a look at it but I don't see me being able to bring in anyone I think is better than what I've already got,' he said.

'What I inherited when I came here was of a fantastic level and I've got them playing a way they are all enjoying.

'Even the new ones I've bought are finding it difficult to play better because of the balance we had and the way we've been practising to play all season.'

Argyle 'keeper David Stockdale on his recent criticism before two good performances in goal away at Scunthorpe and Ipswich: 'People say things to you, and you read things. The fans are entitled to express their opinions.

'But I just wanted to show them what I could do, and why I came here. Long may it continue.'

When asked whether he had been hurt by the criticism, Stockdale said: 'I was spurred on.

'Paul Mariner had the faith in me and he told me, 'We know what you can do'. I had shown that in a few of the games before.

Plymouth Team News:

Plymouth are likely to line up the same way as they did on Tuesday at Ipswich:

21 Stockdale
15 Barker
22 Rede Johnson
29 Ngala
02 Duguid
04 Fletcher
06 Clark
07 Johnson
36 Bolasie
08 Mackie
10 Wright-Phillips

Player to watch: Bradley Wright-Phillips

Phillips has only just begun playing regular first team football for the Pilgrims but has scored two in his last three.

Undoubtably a talent, for the former Manchester City striker is quick and has an eye for goal.

Blackpool Team News:

David Vaughan is expected to make the 18 after recoving from injury. If he is fit enough to start, it'll be interesting to see out of the front four who will be dropped.

Neal Eardley and DJ Campbell are still thought to be out through injury, with Ben Burgess and Seamus Coleman set to continue.

Player to watch: Gary Taylor-Fletcher

GTF had a fantastic game from central midfield on Tuesday and really showed what extra attacking support from that position can do.

He seemed to have plenty of time on the ball and was a cut above. Hopefully he'll continue in that role, but as it's an away game, I wouldn't count on it.


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