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The Big Match Preview: Blackpool vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

29 January 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more..

Blackpool vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 29th January 2019, k.o. 7.45pm
Bloomfield Road
Referee: Martin Coy

Two sides unbeaten in their last three go head-to-head at Bloomfield Road as eighth-placed Blackpool welcome ninth-placed Wycombe.

This fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 6th January, but was moved due to the Seasider’s involvement in the Emirates FA Cup. That weekend break for Wycombe appears to have done them the world of good as they followed up a run of four defeats over the festive period with three consecutive victories in Sky Bet League One in as many weeks.

Blackpool themselves have recovered from a run of five without a win to take two wins from their last three in the league; which included victories over promotion chasing Portsmouth and a 2-0 win at Coventry City last time out.

Tuesday night’s fixture sees the reverse of the opening day where the Chairboys and the Tangerines played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Adams Park, which was to be Pool boss Gary Bowyer’s last game in charge. After initially taking charge of the team on a temporary basis, former assistant manager Terry McPhillips was offered the manager’s job on a permanent basis in September after a string of fine results.

Wycombe’s last win at Bloomfield Road was back in September 1999 in a 2-1 victory for the Chairboys thanks to goals from Jermaine McSporran and Sean Devine after Brett Omerod had given the hosts a 13th minute lead.

Wanderers were victorious from the spot in the Checkatrade Trophy on their last visit to Blackpool after a 1-1 draw in normal time in January 2017. The last four meetings in all competitions have in fact ended in a stalemate between the two sides, three of those ending goalless, what will Tuesday bring?

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Team News
Craig Mackail-Smith, who missed the weekend's win over Plymouth Argyle with a hamstring problem will be assessed ahead of this one. Darius Charles (hip) and Yves Ma-Kalambay (broken finger) are out.

Blackpool were unable to field a goalkeeper amongst their subsititutes at Coventry City last weekend with with Mark Howard (groin) and Myles Boney (shoulder) both missing with injury. Midfielder Callum Guy and striker Chris Long (hamstring) also missed that one.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their home kit for this fixture.

Man in the Middle
Martin Coy's last game involving Wanderers came on the last day of the 2017/18 season in a 1-0 home victory over Stevenage.

Coy has shown 75 yellow cards and two reds in 25 games so far this campaign, which works out as an average of three yellow cards a match.

Tickets
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game at Bloomfield Road with no price increase.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults: £22
Seniors (60+): £18
Juniors (U18): £10
Juniors (U11): Free (with an adult/senior)

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Bloomfield Road from 6pm on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: FY1 6JJ

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions

Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M49 and M42). Stay on the motorway until Junction 32 and there take the M55 signposted Blackpool, Fleetwood, Preston North. The M55 joins Yeadon Way after approximately 12 miles, which takes traffic directly to Seasiders Way and Bloomfield Road Stadium. The ground is roughly located about half way between the Pleasure Beach and the Tower and is about a 1/4 of a mile inland from the south shore.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 219 (approx. journey time 3½ hours)

Recommended area for car parking
Parking on-site is limited, however there are plenty of pay and display council car parks within the vicinity of the stadium. Parking on those car parks costs £3.50 for up to 3 hours and £6 for up to 6 hours. Note that the pay and display car parks near to the ground still charge after 6pm.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 13.30. The deadline for bookings has now passed (Sunday 27th January, 5pm).

Using the train?
Due to this being an evening fixture, this mode of transport can only be used if you are staying overnight. There is an hourly service from London Euston and you will need to change at Preston – the journey time is around 3 hours. The trains go into Blackpool North that is some two miles from the stadium.

Facilities for away fans
Despite the ground capacity being 16,750 (all seated) a number of Blackpool fans are currently boycotting the Club which has resulted in a big drop in matchday attendances. Away fans are housed in the Stan Mortensen (North) Stand, at one end of the ground. This is an improvement on the East Stand that has been used previously as the facilities are generally better and there are no supporting pillars to contend with. The BFC phone number is 01253 401953.

Spare time on your hands?
A popular hostelry with away fans is the “Old Bridge House” on Lytham Road. This is just a short walk away -go down Bloomfield Road towards the seafront, turn right into Lytham Road and the pub is on the right. A little further along Lytham Road on the corner with the seafront is the “Manchester Bar” which welcomes away fans. Also on Lytham Road, but this time going in the direction of the Pleasure Beach, is the “Albert Pub” that normally has a good mix of home and away fans.

Can’t make it?
Listen or watch live on iFollow, or you can also follow updates across the club’s social media channels.

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool 2-2 Wycombe

Read the report from Bloomfield Road.

29 January 2019

Wycombe were made to settle for a point at Bloomfield Road as Blackpool twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw.

A first-half header from Adebayo Akinfenwa was cancelled out early after the break by Ben Heneghan, only for Wanderers to restore their lead on 53 minutes courtesy of a Joe Jacobson corner which appeared to sneak all the way in.

Seven minutes to go and Blackpool claimed a point from the penalty spot following a foul on substitute Nya Kirby. Harry Pritchard made no mistake and ensured the Seasiders took a share of the spoils.

The game was originally in doubt earlier in the day due to heavy rainfall, and the surface needed two pitch inspections before referee Martin Coy deemed it playable at 5:30pm.

Gareth Ainsworth made just the one change from the side that defeated Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, with Alex Samuel coming in for Matt Bloomfield.

Blackpool were forced into an early change as Jay Spearing went down from a challenge with five minutes played, he was replaced by former Maidenhead United midfielder, Pritchard.

From the Chairboys’ first corner, they had the lead and it was that familiar partnership of Jacobson and Akinfenwa who combined to give Wanderers the advantage on 11 minutes. JJ’s corner from the left was met by the head of the Beast six-yards out, giving keeper Christoffer Mafoumbi no chance.

Blackpool looked for a quick response. Nathan Delfouneso received the ball on the penalty spot with his back to goal; he turned his marker but planted it wide.

It was almost two from yet another corner on 17 minutes after Akinfenwa won the set-piece with a shot from a tight angle. JJ's delivery was again spot on, this time nearly going straight in but Mafoumbi just about managed to palm it away.

The Seasiders biggest threat was coming from crosses in from the right. Delfouneso whipping one in on 28 minutes gone, Allsop got a hand to it but could only divert the ball into the path of Liam Feeney who headed over where he should have perhaps done better.

Just under 10 minutes to go before the interval and a miscommunication between Curtis Tilt and his goalkeeper almost presented Samuel with a simple tap-in. The defender’s header back to Mafoumbi was too heavy and the ball was loose, it didn’t drop kindly enough for Samuel to get a shot off, so he teed up Nick Freeman whose shot was then blocked by the then recovered Pool backline.

42 minutes gone and poor defending allowed Paris Cowan-Hall a run at goal; he squared it to Akinfenwa, who then found Freeman 20 yards out and this time the forward saw his shot saved.

The final chance of the half went to Blackpool and Delfouneso as the former Aston Villa man cut in from the right and curled one wide of the far corner.

Half-time: Blackpool 0-1 Wycombe

Blackpool came out the traps quickest after the restart and they were level within five minutes from a corner. With a crowd of bodies in the six-yard box, Heneghan rose highest to head the home side level.

It was not level for long however, as Wycombe retook the lead on 53 minutes, yet again from a corner. Jacobson again caused havoc with the delivery and it appeared to go all the way in, although Jason McCarthy looked to have been claiming to have got a touch on the way through.

Blackpool made their second sub, and it was an attacking change as Liam Feeney was replaced by Newcastle United loanee, Elias Sørensen with 58 minutes played.

Jacobson went into Coy’s notebook on 65 minutes after a mistimed challenge on Delfouneso 20-yards out on the left, luckily Jordan Thompson could only find the wall with the resulting free-kick.

Blackpool again would have a chance to level from a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box, this time more central. Armand Gnanduillet took charge this time, but fired over the bar. Allsop would then see yellow for the amount of time he took to take the resulting goal-kick.

The Chairboys added some fresh legs up top, with Nathan Tyson on for Freeman on 76 minutes. Blackpool too made their final change, with Kirby replacing Thompson.

Cowan-Hall was brought down outside the area in Jacobson territory. The full-back whipped the ball up and over the wall and just past the post on 77’.

82 minutes gone and Blackpool were presented the chance to equalise from the penalty spot as a tiring Cowan-Hall brought down Kirby on the byline. Pritchard was the man to take the spot-kick and he lashed it in off the bar.

Cowan-Hall looked to redeem himself on 88 minutes as Gape found him in space on the edge, he laced a low right-footed drive towards the far corner but he couldn’t find the target.

Up the other end and a low ball from Delfouneso was prodded goalwards by Gnanduillet which Allsop got down well to stop.

In the first of five added on minutes, Ainsworth threw on Matt Bloomfield and Luke Bolton on in place of Akinfenwa and Cowan-Hall as Wanderers looked for a late winner.

Level was how it would finish though in an entertaining affair at Bloomfield Road. The result stretched both sides’ unbeaten run to four games ahead of Wanderers welcoming Bradford City to Adams Park this weekend.

Attendance: 2,388 (145 Wycombe)

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Blackpool (A, 29/01)

Follow the Chairboys to the Bloomfield Road.

8 January 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Blackpool on Tuesday 29th January (k.o. 7.45pm).

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 300 tickets for the fixture, with more available upon request. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game with no price increase.

Tickets are priced as follows:
Adults: £22
Seniors (60+): £18
Juniors (U18): £10
Juniors (U11): Free (with an adult/senior)

Please note: Under 11s tickets are not available to purchase online, please call the ticket office on 01494 441 118 or visit the shop at Adams Park to book.

Buy tickets online, call 01494 441 118 or book from the shop at Adams Park (10am to 5pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Tickets will go off sale at 5pm on Monday 28th January. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from Bloomfield Road Stadium from 6pm on the day of the game.

Not able to make it to Bloomfield Road? Then watch the game live with a £10 match pass on iFollow.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

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