Grayson planning to give Town a shock

BLACKPOOL manager Simon Grayson is planning to give Ipswich Town another Portman Road shock in the Coca-Cola Championship tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).Following the Blues' 2-1 home reverse to Watford last Saturday, Jim Magilton's side will be looking to get their home form back on track against the promoted Tangerines.

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BLACKPOOL manager Simon Grayson is planning to give Ipswich Town another Portman Road shock in the Coca-Cola Championship tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Following the Blues' 2-1 home reverse to Watford last Saturday, Jim Magilton's side will be looking to get their home form back on track against the promoted Tangerines.

It is 37 years since a Blackpool team - immortalised by the likes of Sir Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortenson - last paid a visit to Suffolk when they lost a First Division game 2-1 in 1971.


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They have scored in every game but failed to win in five previous visits to Portman Road.

But Grayson said: “On our day I'd back us against anyone in the division.

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“We have some good players and have given bigger clubs a shock already this season.

“We're very confident at the moment and will be doing our best to get a positive result and keep our momentum going.

“Ipswich got a good result on Tuesday, but we proved at our place that we can compete with them.

“They are obviously a quality side and are riding high with a lot to play for. Ipswich have an excellent home record and will be looking to bounce back after being beaten last weekend.

“This will probably make it even tougher and we know we have to be at the top of our game if we're going to get anything.”

With five points from their last three games, Blackpool have no injury worries and are set to be unchanged.

Their line-up includes key central midfielder Keith Southern, who came back on Tuesday to play his first match for more than two months after surgery on his ankle.

Latvian international central defender Kaspars Gorkss is serving the second game of a two-match suspension and he will again be replaced by club captain Michael Jackson.

Tomorrow's squads

Ipswich Town: Bywater, Colgan, Bruce, Naylor, De Vos, Harding, Norris, Miller, Sumulikoski, Haynes, Lee, Walters, Wright, Garvan, Counago, Trotter, Quinn, Sito, Rhodes, Williams.

Blackpool: Rachubka, Barker, Evatt, Jackson, Craney, Taylor-Fletcher, Jorgensen, Southern, Hoolahan, Dickov, Burgess, Coid, Morrell, Green, McPhee, Gerrard.

Referee: Mr F Graham (Essex).

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