JAMIE McGuire is still desperate for a recall to face Blackpool on Saturday... but this week the match has lost a tiny bit of its magic for the Town midfielder.
That’s because he has discovered he won’t have the chance to face Seasiders skipper Barry Ferguson, who will be suspended after being sent off against his former club Birmingham on New Year’s Eve.
McGuire aims to return to the Town engine room after receiving his marching orders against Southport on Boxing Day, and had been relishing the clash with Ferguson.
He said: “I was looking forward to playing against Ferguson, if selected. He is my kind of player, who gets on the ball and leads by example.
“But they have other players who can step in because they have such a big squad.”
Of course, McGuire has no guarantees of being involved either, having watched his team-mates hit Southport for six in his absence on New Year’s Day.
Even so, he will be hugely disappointed to miss out.
McGuire added: “ The lads did great without me at Southport, and I’ll just have to train hard this week and see what happens.
“I’ve played in almost every game, though, and there’s a lot to come from me in the second half of the season. I’m ready and champing at the bit.
“I hate being suspended, but the way I play I will pick up yellow cards and the odd red. I don’t mean to, but it’s in my game. I get stuck and do frustrated at times.”
McGuire says that no matter who plays for Pool, they will be shown due respect but no fear.
He said: “Blackpool still have a Premier League squad but we don’t fear them at all. Being fearless is what this squad is all about.”
McGuire is sure the match will make for a great spectacle, though he hopes not to be watching himself.
It was difficult enough being a spectator at Haig Avenue on Saturday, when he at least had good company in darts ace and Town fan Wes Newton.
McGuire added: “I was with the fans in the second half at Southport, when I sat with Wes Newton.
“When you meet the fans, you realise what a massive game it is for them.
“They are all looking forward to it and will be our twelfth man.”
Interview: David Mitchell