NATHAN CLARKE believes knowledge will be power when Town visit Blackpool on Saturday.
The centre-back, likely to lead the side out in the absence of suspended skipper Jon Worthington, is eager to ensure the lessons learned during last Saturday's FA Cup clash are to put to good use when the sides meet again in League I.
Peter Jackson's side will aim to avenge a 1-0 defeat when they go to Bloomfield Road, where first-choice full-backs Andy Holdsworth and Danny Adams will also be out because of bans.
Only a controversial penalty - awarded against Clarke for handball - separated the old rivals at the Galpharm as Blackpool earned a second-round trip to Farsley Celtic or MK Dons.
And the back-to-form defender believes ninth-placed Town have what it takes to collect a fourth win in five away games, particularly since they now have close-up knowledge of their opponents, who are 14th.
"We know exactly what we're up against and we have a better idea now of how to counteract the dangers they pose," said Clarke.
"Going out of the cup was a disappointment, and now it's 100% focus on the league. We don't have any distractions, so there are no excuses.
"We are all desperate to pick things up, and three points on Saturday would be a perfect start."
Midfielder Chris Brandon's hopes of figuring at Blackpool diminished when he was kept out of yesterday's 3-1 Reserve win over Walsall because of his hamstring strain.
While Brandon was not considered fit enough to play, David Mirfin took a major step on the comeback trail after a thigh injury by completing the full 90.