Place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Section semi-final up for grabs at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night (7:15pm kick-off).
- Latics hope to go three games from Wembley as Blackpool visit the DW Stadium in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
- Gary Caldwell will be without the suspended Francisco Junior and Chris McCann after the pair picked up their fifth yellow cards of the campaign on Saturday at Bury.
- All proceeds from under-18 ticket sales to go to the Amelia Morris Christmas Fund.
A pay on the evening facility is available at the DW Stadium for both the East and West stands with the south stand closed for the fixture. Adult tickets are priced at £5 whilst junior tickets are £1 with all proceeds of those ticket sales going to the Amelia Morris Christmas Fund – for further info click here.
LATICS AND BLACKPOOL IN THE JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY
The Tangerines have been regular participants since the competition’s origin in 1984, with Tuesday’s clash their 72nd Football League Trophy tie – seven more than Latics who will play their 65th Football League Trophy fixture. Blackpool have won 36 of their previous 71 matches in the competition, a record not too dissimilar to ours as we won our 35th fixture in the competition by beating Crewe Alexandra in the Second Round this season.
Blackpool won the Football League Trophy [then LDV Vans] in 2004 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Between the two sides, the record is in favour of the Tangerines as they have won three of the four clashes with just one going in favour of Latics – that one in November 1994 as Mark Leonard notched the only goal of the game. The other three meetings in this competition saw Blackpool coming away victorious as they won 2-1 at Springfield Park in November 1988, 3-2 at Bloomfield Road in December 1992 and 1-0 on their own patch in January 1998.
Latics defeated Crewe Alexandra in the previous round at Gresty Road.
That success against the Valiants was one of just two away successes in ten fixtures away from Bloomfield Road in all competitions this season, their other coming at Scunthorpe United in September – the Tangerines’ first win of the season. The win at Glanford Park began an improvement in form for Neil McDonald’s side, who went into Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Barnet on the back of consecutive defeats, having previously gone six unbeaten in all competitions including ten points from four home league games with wins over Chesterfield, Swindon Town and Crewe Alexandra. It is on the road where Blackpool have struggled most, conceding 17 goals in ten away games and scoring just ten times in that period, three of which came in their previous league away meeting at Bury.
Emmerson Boyce is in line for a return to the DW Stadium with the Tangerines either on Tuesday or in next month’s Sky Bet League One fixture.
The winner of Tuesday’s fixture will face the winner of either Rochdale v Morecambe, Fleetwood Town v Sheffield United or Barnsley v York City in the Northern Section semi-finals, dependent upon the outcome of those games and the draw which will take place on Saturday live on Soccer AM.
Latics successfully progressed from round two of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 3-2 away victory over Crewe Alexandra. You can recap the action below thanks to our official YouTube channel.
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