Blackpool v Huddersfield: Town players told to ignore the protests

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell.
Huddersfield manager Chris Powell.
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WITH the locals in revolt to such an extent that a treasured statue of Stan Mortensen has been removed to deny protesters a focal point, Huddersfield Town’s visit to the seaside is likely to be little more than a sideshow today.

The bigger picture for Blackpool fans is once again showing their disgust at owner Karl Oyston following the club’s slide towards relegation.

For Chris Powell, however, the result is very much the priority as his Terriers side look to end the campaign by extending their unbeaten run to seven games.

“We are going there to carry on our run,” said the Town manager. “We know exactly what kind of season they have had and Lee (ex-Town chief Clark) is someone we all know well.

“But that is not our concern. We have to make sure we play our football the way we have been, win the game and entertain the 2,300 fans who we will have in the stadium.”

Mortensen’s statue outside Bloomfield Road was removed earlier this week by the club.

Fans had been encouraged to lay memorabilia and messages at the statue on what is the 62nd anniversary of the Seasiders’ 1953 FA Cup triumph over Bolton, when Mortensen scored a hat-trick.

Now, any protests are expected to take place inside the stadium – something that has prompted Clark to warn his players to maintain their focus.

Powell expects Blackpool to do just that and try to prove they deserve to be part of next season’s plans.

“Blackpool have known their fate for the majority of the season,” he added. “But they have kept going, which is right.

“I watched them a few weeks back before we played Birmingham and they were really good on the evening. Lee will be looking at what players will be involved with them next season.”