Holloway won't make same mistake again

By ELVIN KINGIAN Holloway will not be making the same mistake again.The Blackpool manager rested key players Charlie Adam and Keith Southern when the Tangerines were beaten 3-1 in a Championship fixture at Portman Road last month.

Elvin King

By ELVIN KING

IAN Holloway will not be making the same mistake again.

The Blackpool manager rested key players Charlie Adam and Keith Southern when the Tangerines were beaten 3-1 in a Championship fixture at Portman Road last month.

Both are in line to start today at Bloomfield Road (kick-off 3pm) when a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup will be at stake.

And both will ensure that Ipswich - beaten just once in their last 12 games - will have to be at their best to go through.

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Blackpool are still smarting from going out of the world's most glamorous competition to non-league Torquay at this stage 12 months ago.

Blackpool have lost at home just once this season with Holloway saying: “We made changes at Portman Road and Ipswich were deserving winners.

“It is going to be a very tough test for us but we are at home and I hope we can give our fans something to cheer about.”

Holloway has been boosted by news that Alex Baptiste has shrugged off concerns over a hamstring problem and declared himself fit to play today.

Baptiste missed the game at Ipswich and was substituted at Derby on Boxing Day after complaining of tightness in the hamstring area.

But Holloway says it is nothing to worry about.

“Alex is fine, so much so that he would have been able to play against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday had the game been on,” said Holloway.

“He was taken off just as a precaution. He hadn't trained for a week before Derby and he said he felt his hamstring go tight.

“But he would have been fine to go again against Sheffield Wednesday and he's certainly fine for today.” Blackpool covered the Bloomfield Road pitch on New Year's Eve when the weather had relented somewhat and there was no frost in the ground.

There was a sharp frost on Thursday night that the covers should have helped to protect and minus three degrees was forecast for last night.

The Tangerines' previous two home games were postponed and more snow is possible although temperatures are said to be reaching six degrees today.

A Blackpool spokesman said last night: “We have had protective frost covers on since yesterday afternoon and the groundsman is confident they have done the trick and the game should be on.

“There is no inspection planned although another frost is expected tonight.”

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