Blackpool turn up the heat

DAVID CUFFLEY Buoyant Blackpool fired an FA Cup warning to the Canaries with their seventh win in eight games - and are expecting a sell-out for Saturday's fourth round tie at Bloomfield Road.

DAVID CUFFLEY

Buoyant Blackpool fired an FA Cup warning to the Canaries with their seventh win in eight games - and are expecting a sell-out for Saturday's fourth round tie at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders snatched a 1-0 success at Leyton Orient with a late goal from Keith Southern to move into the League One play-off places.

Only a New Year's Day defeat at Chesterfield has interrupted a winning run for Simon Grayson's men, now sixth in their division. And Blackpool's current run of form has caught the imagination of fans of the seaside club with “very few tickets left” for the Norwich tie at their three-sided ground, which has a capacity of 9,500.


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That figure was reached for the Boxing Day home win against Carlisle, and with City today having sold all but 60 of their allocation of 1,800 tickets, they're already close to another full house.

City boss Peter Grant said: “We've had Blackpool watched a few times since the draw and our reports suggest they're a decent side playing with a lot of confidence and scoring goals.”

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Had Blackpool been at home on Saturday, Grant said City would have taken the opportunity to watch them in action after the postponement of their own game at Burnley, just down the road.

Instead, Blackpool were in action in London, where their 1-0 win at Orient gave them their first clean sheet in the league since October 8.

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