A new year begins at the seaside as Grant McCann’s men take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in the opening match of 2022.
It will be the Tigers’ first fixture in three weeks following the Covid and injury-enforced postponements of the Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United games.
McCann is pleased to be returning to action and has praised the job done by Pool counterpart Neil Critchley, who guided the Tangerines to promotion from League One alongside Hull City last season.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said McCann.
“It’s New Year’s Day and Blackpool is a lovely place to go and watch a game of football. We hope all our fans can come and support us and get us the three points.
“Blackpool are a good team and they’ve done really well. Neil has done a tremendous job there, getting promoted in his first season, recruiting really well in the summer and now they’re sitting in a position where they’re mid-table in the division.
“Yes, it’s been tough for them recently in terms of results, but they’ve been in most games and conceded late in the last two games to lose.
“Regardless of what team we have out or Blackpool have out, it’ll be a tough game. But we’re looking forward to it – we want to get back on the horse now and get a head of steam and start getting a few more wins.”