Grayson plans another shock for Ipswich
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' 1-0 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.
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' 1-0 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 club - 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.
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. We have some good players and have given bigger clubs a shock already this season.
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“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 and include 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.
Paul Dickov, 35, who has hit three goals in his first three matches since joining Blackpool on loan from Manchester City, will continue up front.
He should partner Ben Burgess - joint top scorer with six goals - though £300,000 Stephen McPhee could come in for Burgess.
Grayson is very pleased with Dickov, saying: “He's worked his socks off for us.
“His enthusiasm, desire and ability are there for all to see. Paul has been a great signing and I think there will be more to come as he gets match fitter and gets to know us better. I'm sure he will be even better again at Ipswich.”
Grayson has set a target of 53 points for survival, which means another 14 points from the remaining 14 games.
Tomorrow's likely 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)
Blackpool record at Portman Road
March 17 1962 (Division 1) 1-1
August 28 1962 (Division 1) 5-2
April 25 1964 (Division 1) 4-3
August 29 1967 (Division 2) 1-1
January 30 1971 (Division 1) 2-1