Gayle Warning For Seasiders

Blackpool players and management will no doubt be grateful for a respite from the league programme this weekend when they face Aldershot at Bloomfield Road in the third round of the FA Cup.

If Blackpool can get past Aldershot, they will stand a very good chance of landing a bigger club in the fourth round, which sees the competition reduced to 32 teams.

But no one should consider it a foregone conclusion, given the nature of the cup and the memories of defeats to non-league teams in previous years.

Aldershot currently sit in eleventh position in the Nationwide Conference, having lost their most recent outing 3-2 at Stevenage Borough.

They had won their previous two away games however, 3-1 at Burton Albion, and 3-1 at Basingstoke in the FA Cup second round replay.

The Shots' include 38-year-old Marcus Gayle in their line-up, who scored the winning goal for Wimbledon against Manchester United in the fourth round in 1997 as the Dons progressed to the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Chelsea.

Speaking about the tie on the club's official website, Gayle provided a warning for the Blackpool set-up: "League form goes out of the window.

"We will be the underdogs and I am sure that they will be feeling the pressure at home because they won't want to concede a fourth round place to a Conference side.

"This is an historic occasion on Saturday. It is the first time the club has been in the third round and the stage is set for everybody and I really want to give the fans something to cheer about up at Bloomfield Road."

This is a cup game that Blackpool will be eager to win; complacency could easily lead to disaster.

With thanks to The Citizen