Boss happy to replace 'brilliant' keeper

MATT Gilks is expected to be recalled to play in goal for Blackpool in today's Championship fixture against Ipswich Town at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

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MATT Gilks is expected to be recalled to play in goal for Blackpool in today's Championship fixture against Ipswich Town at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

Paul Rachubka was given the nod in the midweek win at Middlesbrough, but Tangarines manager Ian Holloway has indicated that Gilks will be back to face Town today.

Rachubka played well and kept a clean sheet, but Holloway said: “Matt Gilks has been in goal for the last eight matches, so Paul needed a game.

“But Gilks will be back because he has done nothing wrong.

“I wanted to keep Rachubka up to speed in case Gilks gets injured, and he was brilliant.

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“I'm very fortunate that I've got two keepers - but at the moment Gilks is in.

“Rachubka has done himself no harm whatsoever. Gilks had to realise that he can be left out like anybody, like Charlie Adam, like Jason Euell - it's all about how they take it.

“None of them is safe and so none of them can feel comfortable. Rachubka had to perform and he did to a fantastic level. Now Gilks has to do it at Ipswich.”

Gary Taylor-Fletcher returned from two months out of the limelight to steal the show at Middlesbrough with two first-half goals.

It was a sweet moment for the 28-year-old, who has only started one game since suffering an ankle injury in September.

“I've been working hard and just waiting for my chance,” he said.

“It has been frustrating and I've been pulling my hair out - not that I've got much hair left!

“But I've waited for my chance and I've been working hard and I always had a feeling this would be my game.

“The last time I started was in October against Sheffield United. It was a Saturday-Tuesday game and the manager thinks some players can't play two games in that short space of time.

“So I looked at the fixtures, saw Middlesbrough was on a Tuesday and thought that would be when my next start would be - and I was right. I knew I had to take my chance and hopefully I did that. I've come in, enjoyed it, had a good run around and got the goals.”