"There’s a famous seaside place called Blackpool
That’s noted for fresh air and fun;
And Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbottom
Went there with young Albert, their son…"
(Marriott Edgar, performed memorably by Stanley Holloway)
Having been given a lesson in “How to take penalties” by Macclesfield Town, it’s time to defend our unbeaten record in League One by welcoming the seasiders from Blackpool. They are currently without an appointed manager since Gary Bowyer left the club after their opening game this season (“to spend more time with his family”) meaning Terry McPhillips has moved from being Assistant Manager to Caretaker Manager - he is on record as wanting the switch to be permanent, or as permanent as football management jobs go. Incidentally there’s a Walsall connection at this point - when McPhillips was scoring goals for Halifax Town in 1989/90 the Blackpool Manager was a certain Jimmy Mullen, but the less said about that the better!!
Blackpool’s record so far this season in League One has been patchy, but it should be noted that even though they lie in 12th place they’ve conceded 2 less than we have. They showed their character last night in the EFL Cup by coming back from being a goal down at Doncaster Rovers to winning 1-2. Their League One form:-
Aug 4th Wycombe Wanderers (A) Drew 0-0
Aug 11th Portsmouth (H) Lost 1-2
Aug 18th Shrewsbury Town (A) Drew 0-0
Aug 21st Coventry City (H) Won 2-0
Aug 25th Accrington Stanley (H) Drew 1-1
Dean Keates will presumably be able to select from a fully-fit squad for this one with Morgan Ferrier, Zeli Ismail, Josh Ginnelly and Liam Roberts looking to resume their places. We also have the suspense of waiting for a possible signing of a central defender before Saturday … well, maybe.
Prediction? As stated, Blackpool have only shipped 3 goals in their 5 games so far, so that’s the main challenge for our strikers. I can see this one being a very close affair with a home win by 1-0 the potential outcome, Ferrier to score.
n.b. Hopefully our goal(s) will come from open play - no penalties, please!!!