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There was a time after Neil Critchley had penned a new long-term contract at Blackpool when he must have contemplated whether the move had negatively hindered the progression of his squad in some way.
However, after an unstable period on the pitch, the Seasiders finally appear to be back on track, making it 10 points from six Championship fixtures with a hugely impressive 1-1 draw at leaders Fulham.
Not only did Blackpool take a point off the Cottagers, they were full value for it, and it also ended a three-match losing streak on their travels in the process.
Realistically, Blackpool have already avoided becoming embroiled in a relegation zone, but expectations have risen to such an extent that failing to finish in mid-table will be regarded as a disappointment.
On a negative note, the North-West outfit have gone five matches without scoring more than once in a game, although Josh Bowler continued an excellent campaign last weekend with the midfielder having now directly contributed to goals in three of his last six league outings.
Critchley is likely to revert back to a 4-4-2 formation for this game, handing a recall to Jerry Yates in attack.
Jordan Thorniley is expected to drop out of the team in what could prove to be the only alteration given Blackpool’s injury issues.
Despite claiming a point at Preston, the manner of the result may lead to Pearson tinkering with his Bristol City XI.
Joe Williams has recently made his return from injury, putting him in contention to start in midfield with Alex Scott switching to right wing-back.
The likes of George Tanner, Matty James and Andy King are all expected to remain on the sidelines.
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Blackpool possible starting lineup:
Grimshaw; Lawrence-Gabriel, Ekpiteta, Keogh, Sterling; Bowler, Dougall, Connolly, Hamilton; Lavery, Yates
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
O’Leary, Kalas, Klose, Pring; Scott, Massengo, Williams, O’Dowda; Weimann; Martin, Semenyo