McPhillips surprised by Scunthorpe slump

Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips has admitted he is surprised that Scunthorpe are one of several ‘big teams’ fighting for survival in League One, ahead of the Good Friday clash between the two sides at Glanford Park.

Scunthorpe sit just one point above the relegation zone ahead of the Easter weekend fixtures, following damaging defeats to relegation rivals Bristol Rovers, Rochdale and Wimbledon in recent weeks and can have no complaints over the position they find themselves in despite injuries to key players for the majority of the campaign.

The sacking of Stuart McCall has not had the desired effect and their odds for relegation have tumbled according to football betting sites with just four games left to the end of thecampaign.

McPhillips claimed in his pre match conference that he had expected Scunthorpe to be challenging for the play offs again, following failed play-off campaigns in the previous two seasons.

“It’s surprising to see that some big teams are going to get relegated this year. Scunthorpe for the last few years have been at the other end of the table challenging for play-offs.

“But it’s football – nobody has a God given right to do well.”

Blackpool arrive in a positive mood in North Lincolnshire despite the fact defeat to Peterborough last week all but ended their chances of securing a playoff spot.

The Seasiders could have been visiting Glanford Park having being forced into a relegation battle had the Football League applied a twelve point deduction due to the club being placed into receivership in February.

The threat of a points deduction left Blackpool sweating on of the EFL’s decision, which would have seen them drop to within three points of the relegation zone if the full penalty was applied.

With seemingly very little to play for, McPhillips said his side have a ‘duty’ to try and finish the season with as many points as possible and will not be doing any side any favours in the final four games of the campaign.

“There are four massive games. We go to Scunthorpe and they’re fighting for their lives, so we want to be going there and doing well.

“We want to get as many points as we can, along with some good performances, and get ready for next season.

Ex-Iron Jimmy Ryan looks set to return to the Blackpool sidehaving returned to training during the week who have a near fully fit squad to choose from for the game against Andy Dawson’s men.

“We go there on Friday feeling really positive, with a good bill of health fitness wise and with a big squad to choose from.”

“He has been training now for the last few days and is looking good, so fingers crossed for him that he can carry on like that”, McPhillips added.

Scunthorpe may welcome back Josh Morris and Matty Lund to the squad for the crucial clash and the duo would give the Iron a much needed boost as they attempt to beat the drop.

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Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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