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Watford v Blackpool

A win has to come at some point. It could be today. Watford have had an indifferent season they were really poor and somewhat disappointing when we played them at home yet have some standout players.


The home side have a number of injuries, its good to see us bringing in Foley in place of Robinson but there’s still a question at who will start at right back in place of McMahon. Not Basham please.

Its the first time I’ve been to see a match this calendar year, one or two new faces but it seems no change in results so far.

It looks like a good day for it. The pitch is in great condition. Out to my left the old main stand is half gone, just a ramshackle part to house the changing rooms remains.

The last time I was here there were four stands and a certain Alan How scored a 90th minute winner to seal a 4-3 win.

Reading 5 – 1 Blackpool FT

After the positives of Saturday we were well and truly beaten tonight at Reading. Only a couple of weeks ago the Royals knocked seven past Bolton and once the first went in after seven minutes they were right back in the mood. We gifted them the goals and bar Gilks making a couple of good saves it could have been more.

Davies goal was a wonder strike, but that’s all it was, a pot shot on goal as he had no options. You could almost see him think there’s nobody to pass to…..

All night he worked hard, chasing down the ball trying to win it in the air. On paper it might see like we are playing 4-4-2 but with Basham so deep and coming inside Chophra too dropped deeper and wider leaving Davies too much to do. We still are a 4-3-3 of sorts.


Reading played well, clinical and willing to attack but we made it all to easy. So many times Robinson stood waiting for players to attack him.

With a couple of days to go in transfer market we are in desperate need of players who can create or take a man on. Until then I can’t see a win coming any time soon.

One call might be for Barry Ferguson to play, Osbourne and Martinez were woeful.

Credit to the pool fans who turned up and supported tonight.


It feels like it still might get a little worse before it gets better.

And that was Paul Ince

After 42 games in charge (can you count the five he wasn’t there for?) Paul Ince’s reign as manager has come to and end. Thinking back to when he was appointed it was almost if he reluctantly took charge after the Applegate saga. He was knocking around the club and turned out to be the only one who fancied the job.

He started well, steadying the ship and making us hard to beat towards the end of last season – he did keep us up. However that hard to beat mentality turned into us being very negative. The lack of signings before the start of the season almost galvanised the backs to the wall / hold on to what we’ve got as we’ve not got much mentality.

While Ollie in the past took that “we’ve got the smallest wage bill” and “we wash our own kits” to motivate the players Ince wasn’t able to motivate the players from it, combined with a negative tactics it was all going downhill.

In the recent days plenty of Rovers fans have commented saying the same thing happened at Rovers, looking at the results before his sacking on 20th of December 2008 it all looks very similar.

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It all leaves us in a very similar place to last season, a great start it all going wrong and then looking to patch it all back together and retain our Championship status.

It looks like Barry Ferguson will take charge, however the reaming time in the transfer window looks to be just as important as his ability to manager over the rest of the season.

And as for Tom… we’ll have to wait till Saturday.

Blackpool V Leeds

Boxing day is football day, over the years there’s been the odd good result however not many victories stick out in recent years.

Its hard to see us taking all three points today, were out of form, still short of players and face an improving Leeds United. Oh and it’s on Sky.


Fuller may return, Dobbie could also feature it will be interesting to see Ince’s performance with the Sky cameras and the transfer window around the corner. Maybe one of his first farewell performance’s?

Festive period and the FA Cup

Its been a tough few weeks which all started with a disastrous night away at Yeovil. The knock-on from that night certainly put a dampener on what was a good start to the season (result wise, not performances).

The game on against Burnley was always going to be a big task with their attacking potency. Its going to be a similar problem against Leeds, odds are on for Ross McCormack to bag a goal or two. Brighton at home will also be tough. We might have to wait till the Sheffield match to put some points on the board. After that the big FA Cup match at Bolton. Could that be the start of something?

The season is really at a turning point at the moment, currently its turning the wrong way.

Birmingham 1 – 1 Blackpool FT

All square at the end of the 90 but either side could have grabbed a winner. Both teams had attempts cleared off the line. At the death the home side had a great chance when McLean? Found himself one-on-one but fired right at Gilks.

Fuller did well again in the middle role upfront but was knackered in the last 15, Davies or Chopra should had taken his place.

Overall a good match and a solid performance, a little more attacking at times, bar the mistake for the goal it would have been one of those winning performances we’ve got used to.


Birmingham 1 – 1 Blackpool HT

Half time and a poor start to the game which did improve. We could have been 3-1 up at the break with two great chances just before the break.

Both teams started poor and a sliced clearance from Broadfoot which allowed Lindgard a easy chance.


From our first chance we scored Basham released Ince who crossed for Fuller to finish at the near post.

We should have gone ahead Ince raced clear to cross to Fuller who had his shot saved. Dobie then had a great chance firing just past the far post as we started to get on top of the home side.

All to play for!

Odds turning for us to win promotion from the Championship this season?

Most observers, and those interested in gambling on football, are expecting the 2013/14 battle for promotion to be contested by Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City and Wigan. Leicester looked good at the weekend in their 3-0 win over Watford. At the moment, the bookies agree. QPR have been awarded the status of favourites at 2/5, but really the odds suggest that it is likely to be a close call between the three. But with the players available to Harry Redknapp, the Hoops surely must bounce back up to the Premier League. Wigan’s form has been very up-and-down in the league, mainly due to the mass mount of games they are playing through being in this seasons Europa League. But at 9/2, it would be a brave man to bet against Owen Coyle’s side. Plus with Leicester placed at evens, it is hard to look past the league’s big guns for promotion. But with the Christmas period approaching, what teams could pose a challenge for the promotion push?

We had a difficult campaign last season, and with a squad very thin on the ground, a similar outcome looked on the cards. But the Tangerine Army have flourish this season, and are currently sat comfortably, and deservedly, in the top six. The win at the weekend over Nottingham Forrest another example of us pulling out a last minute win. Many saw the sale of winger Matt Phillips to QPR as huge dint in any promotion hope  (a man of the match performance on Saturday for QPR and back in the Scotland squad), but with Tom Ince staying, the man with 6 goals to his name this season seems to be taking over the role of Phillips and himself from last season.

The odds on Blackpool returning to the top flight after a three-year absence have tumbled in recent weeks, and most bookmakers are putting them at 7/1. If they manage to keep Tom Ince fit (and at Blackpool), it could be a fantastic bet.

It only takes a few good results to get yourself into a great position in the Championship, and some of the division’s fallen giants will be hoping for this sort of run. Leeds United under Brian McDermott are well placed at 10/1, Derby join them at 11/1 and last season’s defeated play-off finalists Watford are a good bet with the bookmakers at 11/4 (Maybe not based on the game at the weekend to Leicester).

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Of course, it would be easy to say the promotion race is over with the favourites occupying the top spots, but with the transfer window opening in January, the clever punter will wait and see what signings are made before gambling. Whilst making up your mind, the football slots games at a casino online are a great way of spending your time.

It will be interesting if we stay in the top six over christmas and into the New Year if we are seen as real contenders and out odds will shorten. However it all depends on the transfer activity in January, our squad is pretty bare at the moment and it’s only going to get harder.

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Blackpool Vs Wigan

After a long international break we return to action with another televised sky game, this time Wigan at home.

We won’t be seeing the return of Paul Ince who sits out the first of his five match stadium ban for his antics at Bournemouth and previous bad behaviour. I wonder if there will be someone from the FA to check that Ince isn’t in the ground? If so their job will be further complicated by the 10,000 Paul Ince face masks that the Evening Gazette and Radio Wave have produced.

On the face of it, sorry, it’s a good idea, PR stunt, however it shouldn’t hide the fact that Ince was wrong and has a poor disciplinary record as a manager. However, some money will be made for charity and I need need a mask for Halloween next week.

Wigan are currently sitting mid-table on 14 points but with two games in hand due to playing in Europe. It was always going to be a tough season for Wigan after relegation, losing Roberto Martinez and having to play in European competition. They were able to hold onto most of their core squad. But depth of squad could be a problem later on this season.

I’m just hoping for a good game of football, our last batch of outings have seen some truly boring football, the Charlton game just saw us resort to long throw tactics when the home side were there for the taking. But with Owen Could in charge he will have set his side up to be physical so it could result in a bit or a battle in wet conditions today.