Blackpool away on Saturday is going to be a very hard game and Parkinson will need another steely defensive performance if we are going to have a chance of getting anything. Bloomfield Road was the venue for our worst defeat of last year and we really owe them one for that. The Seasiders are currently seven points clear of us and a win for them next week would create a significant barrier between them and the bottom six.
Blackpool won 2-1 at Plymouth yesterday but their form of late has been poor. Prior to yesterday they had lost four in sucession, three of them at home. They should be nervous and we need to exploit that. We are also due a bit of luck and if we get it up there, then I think we have every chance of the victory that would give Parkinson a respectable win, draw and defeat from his first three games in charge. Dare I say it, it would also set us up for the Coventry home game in midweek which could see us lay the ghost of consecutive wins.
In the meantime, we have the distraction of the draw for the third round of the F A Cup. It takes place at 2.15pm today and is live on ITV or Radio 5. In line with all cash-strapped strugglers, a home game against decent opposition would be the ideal outcome. Phil Parkinson will be hoping he's still around to see it played.