Grayson looks to shut that door on Town

LARRY Grayson is looking to 'shut that door' against Ipswich Town today.After being hammered 4-1 at Charlton last weekend Blackpool boss Simon Grayson, nicknamed Larry at Bloomfield Road, is keen to ensure they do not leak as many goals again this afternoon against free-scoring Town.

Derek Davis

LARRY Grayson is looking to 'shut that door' against Ipswich Town today.

After being hammered 4-1 at Charlton last weekend Blackpool boss Simon Grayson, nicknamed Larry at Bloomfield Road, is keen to ensure they do not leak as many goals again this afternoon against free-scoring Town.

The Seasiders have conceded 35 goals in the league this season already, compared to Ipswich's 36, while they have also banged in 35, nine short of the Blues' 44.


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Grayson is not planning wholesale changes but is expected to bring in Ian Evatt at centre half in place of skipper Michael Jackson, which would be bad for him, while beefing up his attacking with new £300,000 signing Stephen McPhee up front alongside joint top scorer Ben Burgess.

Grayson said: “People think because you lost 4-1, you are going to make seven or eight changes but that would be a dramatic way of going about our business. If we do make changes they will be minimal.”

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Among the myriad of names linked with Town is Blackpool's Irish winger Wes Hoolahan - but Blues boss Jim Magilton insists he is not a target, although he does like him - just as he likes the way his side plays.

Magilton said: “He is a good player and I have watched Blackpool live a couple of times. They have done very well this year. They are coming to terms with a new division but whenever I have seen them they try and play properly. They get the ball down and they are inventive. I enjoyed watching them and at home they area decent side so we will have to be at our best.”

Heavy rain is expected to make the pitch heavy at Blackpool, not to say uncomfortable for fans on the open terraces.

Magilton will not look to that as an excuse, win or lose.

He said: “The conditions are the same for both teams and it will come down to a mental attitude and commitment and away from home we have to dig in.

“We have spoken about how resilient we were against Stoke and we have to re-enact that and get it in their minds. I can see when the first away win comes we will go on a roll. Again it is about an attitude of going out and playing. First of all saying we are not going to be beaten and then going on and going on to win.”

Gavin Williams has failed to win his fitness battle and has not flown to Blackpool with the Blues squad.

The Welsh international tore fibres in a thigh muscle last week and missed the 1-1 draw with Stoke but had returned to training. It was felt he may be involved but after training today it was decided to leave him at home to recover further.

Gary Roberts is named in the 18-man squad along with teenage scoring sensation Jordan Rhodes who has been rewarded after scoring twice in the Under-18s FA Youth Cup victory over Watford on Wednesday.

Tommy Miller is also included after missing the early part of the week's training with flu.

Jaime Peters also drops out and there is no place for Dan Harding.

Blackpool squad: Rachbuka, Evans, Barker, Jackson, Evatt, Gorkss, Crainey, Welsh, Fletcher, Jorgensen, Fox, Flynn, Hoolahan, Morrell, Vernon, McPhee, Burgess.

Ipswich Town: Alexander, Supple, Wright, Sito, Bruce, Wilnis, De Vos, Naylor, Legwinski, Quinn, Garvan, Miller, Roberts, Haynes, Walters, Clarke, Counago, Lee, Rhodes.

Referee: Mike Pike (Cumbria)

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