• Posted on: 16 January 2013
  • By: isport

The Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has said that he will be making a few changes to the first-team in hopes of keeping the team fresh ahead of the match with Middlesbrough.

This is going to be key encounter for Blackpool in the hopes of finishing in the play-off positions because Middlesbrough are themselves looking to get into the top two of the table. Appleton has said that he is extremely delighted with the performances shown by the likes of Nouha Dicko and Nathan Delfouneso, which could lead to either one of the players starting in the match against Middlesbrough.

Delfouneso's goal against Huddersfield was extremely important for Blackpool as it helped them get a point from the match on Boxing Day. Their recent poor run of form has left the club in the 14th position, but there is still hope for Appleton because they are just six points below the final play-off position. The club has managed just one victory in the last five matches, while Middlesbrough come into the encounter looking at the possibility of finishing in the second position if results go their way. However, Blackpool could have easily managed to get a victory in the match as they dominated the encounter.

Appleton was lost for words as to the reason for them not winning matches despite dominating throughout the encounter. “Someone is going to get a tonking from us soon – we are creating so many chances. I’m not sure who, where or when, but someone’s going to take an absolute tonking off us. To say that was a frustrating afternoon is probably the biggest understatement I’ve ever used in any interview after a game of football," said the manager after the Huddersfield match. The 94th min goal from Delfouneso helped the club recover at least point from the match.