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PREVIEW | Blackpool vs Rovers

23 February 2021

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Rovers travel to face Blackpool in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night looking to earn their first win in five league games.

Darren Moore’s side will be looking to build on the 3-3 draw against Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium last time out. 

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Blackpool’s recent form 

The Seasiders have lost just one of their past six league games stretching back to a 1-1 draw at Hull on January 16. They ended January with a 5-0 hammering of Wigan Athletic, before beating Northampton Town 2-0 at Bloomfield Road. 

Their only defeat of late came on the road at Ipswich Town, but they have responded well to that with back-to-back 1-0 wins over Rochdale and more recently Portsmouth. 

 

The man in charge  

Former Liverpool U23s head coach Neil Critchley was appointed as Blackpool manager in March 2020, just before the season was curtailed. Since taking over, Critchley has been in charge of 37 games, winning 15, drawing 10 and losing 12, giving him an overall win percentage of 40.5%. 

 

Ones to watch 

James Husband 

A product of the Rovers academy, Husband came through the ranks at the club and made his league debut against Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship towards the end of the 2011/2012 campaign. 

He left Rovers in 2014 to join Boro, after making 64 appearances for the club. He struggled for game time at the Riverside though and spent time on loan at Fulham and Huddersfield before a permanent move to Norwich City in 2017. He signed for Blackpool in January of last year after a successful loan spell at Bloomfield Road. 

 

Sullay Kaikai 

After coming through the system at Premier League side Crystal Palace, Kaikai has spent time on loan with several clubs in the EFL, building up his experience as a lively wide player. He spent time with Cambridge United, Shrewsbury Town, Brentford and Charlton Athletic, before making a permanent move to Blackpool in the summer of 2020. 

He has scored three goals so far this season, including the winner in Blackpool’s last home game against Rochdale earlier on this month. 

 

Jerry Yates 

The 24-year-old striker arrived at Blackpool in the summer from Rotherham United having impressed while on loan at Swindon Town last season. Yates scored more than 20 goals for the Robins, helping them to the Sky Bet League Two title in the process.  

The Seasiders secured his signature and handed him the No.9 shirt, he has 11 goals in a Blackpool shirt so far this season.  

 

Last time out 

Rovers came from 2-0 down to beat Blackpool 3-2 when the teams last met in Sky Bet League One back in November. A penalty from Jerry Yates along with a CJ Hamilton put the Seasiders 2-0 up at the break, before Rovers drew level through goals from Cameron John and Reece James. Ben Whiteman struck the winner from the spot 14 minutes from time at the Keepmoat Stadium.  

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