Terriers v Blackpool

Huddersfield Town story posted by Peter MacGibbon on 18/02/2005
We have already played Blackpool twice this season. We drew with them, at Bloomfield Road, the last Saturday in October, 1 ? 1Terriers v Blackpool
The following Tuesday we met them in the LDV. After a 90 minute draw we lost 3-6 in extra time!

Currently they are below us in the league, 4 pts and 4 places, but this is on paper. The reality is that, because of their cup exploits, they have two games in hand on us. Not only that but they come to the Galpharm having won their last three games! We have only picked up 6 points in our last eight league games, they have garnered 13! Only Stockport have picked up less points than us in same time period.

Our situation is in danger of getting a bit desperate ? Neil Armstead?s article of 15th February puts things in their true perspective.

We only have three strikers available this weekend, with Booth injured and Abbott suspended, Beckett, McAliskey and Akpo Sodje. Pick any two to start the game. Akpo had a good game for the reserves during the week. Steve Yates and Efe were also playing and came through unscathed. With Andy Holdsworth still out and Dave Mirfin and Rob Edwards probably not available we do need someone experienced in the back four. The youngsters did brilliantly last week, the average age of the back four at the end of the game was 19, but an experienced hand to steady them would be useful. Adnan Ahmed is probably another casualty from last week and Chris Brandon hasn't been training either. Holdsworth and Carss are hoping to be back for the visit of Oldham on 26th February. Republic of Ireland Under-19 captain, Michael Collins, will be in the squad. On the disciplinary front Nathan Clarke and Chris Brandon are both teetering on the edge of a suspension for 5 yellows.

The Seasider?s influential striker, John Murphy, will probably line up against us on Saturday. He has been out injured for a month but is still their top scorer.

Blackpool?s recent success is based on a strong defence rather than effective striking. Unlike us they have had several clean sheets recently. Their three win sequence has been 1-0, 1-0, and 2-0 against Oldham. Their last defeat was 0-1 to Leicester in an FA Cup 4th Round replay. They had a week off last week which has enabled several of their players to recover from minor knocks. Although they have both Coid and McGregor on four yellows going into Saturday neither is likely to play against us. Colin Hendry may well give a first start to Tony Butler on his return to the Seasiders.

Blackpool haven?t lost at Leeds Road / McAlpine / Galpharm since April 1994! You have been warned!

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