After scraping a 1-0 victory last week against Colchester United, Rovers head on the road for the first time this month, with a trip to Blackpool. 

Worrying injury news is that our top scorer so far of the season, Andy Williams, has been ruled out for 8-10 weeks with an ankle injury.

As a result, Liam Mandeville will probably keep his place in the squad, and as Ferguson has said, “this is the best opportunity he’ll get”, so he’s going to have to take it.

Darren Ferguson has ruled out including Dany N’Guessan in his squad, following William’s injury, and has also added N’Guessan is close to leaving the club by mutual consent.

If Mandeville doesn’t start scoring, Ferguson could look to the fellow younger players, such as: Alfie Beestin and Will Longbottom (who are primarily attacking midfielders) can play upfront.

Frazer Richardson will be pushing for a start, as his contract is about to be extended until January 2017 to fill in for the injured Mitchell Lund. But Richardson himself is recovering from injury, and he is probably around the same stage as fellow right back, Craig Alcock.

Mathieu Baudry will be pushing for a start, after coming on as a sub in the previous couple of matches, and has really impressed, so the pressure is on both Butler and Wright to continue to perform, but mainly Joe Wright.

Last time we faced Blackpool was in March 2016, where we undeservedly lost 0-1 by conceding a last minute goal.

Previous to that, our last visit to Bloomfield ended with a deserved 0-2 victory, with goals from both currently injured players: Andy Williams and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

Blackpools’ main goalscoring threat comes from Brad Potts, who is their top goalscorer, with 4 goals to his name so far this term.

Overall, since 1901, Rovers have won only 10 of 45 games v Blackpool, drawing 12. So all-in-all, quite a poor record, but with Rovers now undefeated in our last 5 games in all competitions, can we make it 6, to continue to close-in on top of the league, Plymouth?

Predicted lineup v Blackpool

Marosi; Mason, Wright, Butler, Evina; Houghton, Rowe, Blair, Coppinger; Mandeville and Marquis.

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