Date:Monday January 23 2006
The Seasiders have another chance to move out of the relegation zone with a home game against Doncaster Rovers.
There is the possibility of starting places for new signings Marcus Bean and Njazi Kuqi. Bean might replace Donnelly who had to be substituted on Saturday after picking up an injury. Kuqi may have to settle for a place on the bench instead of Scott Vernon. So once again it looks like Grayson will change things about.
Missing for the Pool
Gareth Evens – knee,
Danny Coid – ankle,
Jamie Burns – ankle,
Phil Doughty – leg.
Bean didn’t play on Saturday against Bristol City despite being eligible to play due to arriving at Bloomfield Road late. Since then the midfielder has signed a permanent deal today and is set to start on Tuesday night, he might replace the injured Donnelly or Keith Southern who has failed to perform in recent matches.
After a terrific League Cup run which was halted by Arsenal, Donny have set their sights on a play-off spot in League One. They currently lye in 12th place and but have only managed to win one game since the Arsenal game. That win came against Scunthorpe, goals came from Michael McIndoe and new signing Graeme Lee
One problem that Rovers have suffered from is a lack of a goal scorer, Heffernan and McIndoe have both managed seven goal apiece. Recently Donny managed to recruit the services of Pool target Graeme Lee from Sheffield Wednesday and Alan Blayney from Southampton, both signing for £50,000.
Injured for the Rovers
Doubts for the Rovers
Missing for the Rovers
James Coppinger – Suspension.
The former Sunderland and Blackpool loan man is the player to watch on Tuesday night. Thornton has 12 caps for the Republic of Ireland U21’s and was inspirational in Rovers Coca-Cola cup run this year. Thornton, who loves to rap, started his career at Tranmere, he was snapped up by Mick McCarthy and managed to become a first team regular in Sunderland’s promotions winning season. Before cementing a place in that team Thornton had a spell at the seaside to regain some form and match fitness. In his time at Blackpool he made 2 starts and 2 substitute appearances.
After a £175, 000 move in the summer to Doncaster he fitted straight into the midfield hole that was created due to the departure of a certain John Doolan. So far he’s made 14 league starts this season but has only managed one goal which came in a League Cup victory against Aston Villa
The two side have met twice this season already, once in the corresponding league fixture and once in the F.A. Cup.
Pool took a 4-1 thrashing in the cup match, Heffernan and McIndoe with a brace each, and Clarke with a late conciliation.
The Seasiders did fair better in the league encounter with a 1-0 victory at Belle Vue, Ciaran Donnelly getting the only goal of the match.
Referee: P J JOSLIN - Games: 28 Yellow Cards: 81 Red Cards: 3 Assitant Referees: C A Brumwell and N A Yates Fourth Official : P T Kettlewell
Blackpool 2 – 1 Doncaster
Football League One A Hartlepool 28-01-2006
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