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JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY PREVIEW: LATICS V BLACKPOOL

9 November 2015

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.
Tuesday night will see a meeting of two of only eight sides who have won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (Football League Trophy) on more than one occasion as Blackpool (winners in 2002 and 2004) visit the DW Stadium to face a Latics side that won the competition in 1985 – the first time the final was played at Wembley Stadium - and 1999. (Kick-off 7.15pm)

Gary Caldwell will be without the injured Kevin McNaughton for the clash with Neil McDonald’s Tangerines whilst Chris McCann and Francisco Junior will miss out due to suspension after picking up their fifth yellow cards of the campaign in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup defeat to Bury.

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.

The return of both sides to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy follows our adjacent relegations from the Sky Bet Championship last season. Now both in League One (Latics in fifth and Blackpool 20th), both clubs received byes in the first round of the competition and then won their second round ties not too far away from each other as Latics won 3-2 at Crewe Alexandra and the Tangerines progressed 2-1 down the A500 at Port Vale.


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.

Ten of the 17 goals the Tangerines have scored in all competitions have come from either Mark Cullen or Jack Redshaw with the forwards bagging five goals apiece. The duo will be the key men for Blackpool on Tuesday should they both feature, with both making positive impacts after summer arrivals. Cullen came through the ranks at Hull City and had loan spells with Bradford City, Bury and Stockport County before signing for Luton Town in 2013, spending two years at Kenilworth Road before Blackpool parted with a reported £180,000 for his services in June. Redshaw, who is the son of former Latics striker Ray, came through the ranks at Manchester City and had spells with Rochdale, Salford City and Altrincham before signing for Morecambe in 2012 where he scored 36 league goals in 120 appearances before moving to Bloomfield Road for an undisclosed fee in July.

Tuesday could also see the return of Latics legend Emmerson Boyce, who signed for Blackpool in the summer after a nine-year stay at the DW Stadium. The 36-year-old, who made over 250 league appearances for Latics and won the 2013 FA Cup during his stay here, missed the Tangerines’ Second Round win over Port Vale, though, and may also miss out on Tuesday and thus he would be expected to make his return in just over a month when McDonald’s men arrive in Wigan for the first League One meeting between the two sides this season.


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.

PREVIOUS ROUND

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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