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Walsall 1 – 1 Blackpool FT

A late show today but the team showed some grit and determination to grab a point. Walsall had the ball for long periods of the match and did create a multitude of chances, only a couple of great saves from Colin Doyle kept the score down.

With just one goal in it there was always a chance of grabbing something out of the game, loanee Uche Ikpeazu’s (more on him in a second) freekick was deflected into the path of Danny Philliskirk who slotted home into the empty net. The scenes of the players celebrating the goal were great to see with all the players galloping to the fans…

Unfortunately that feeling can only last for the moment.. with the underlying problems at the club. Again not good to see a fan being ejected with a banner early on.

A quick mention about Uche Ikpeazu who came on today after making a loan move from Watford. The young lad is huge, about 6’4 an really strong. A little raw, similar to the style of a young Danny Shittu. In his 25 mins he showed directing attacking intent, but also a bit like Babi on ice.

A draw away at Walsall is a good point, but still one point above the relegation zone it’s going to be tight.

Walsall vs Blackpool

Two games in a month…. Christ I must be mad. A slightly different look Blackpool to the one that was unbelievably poor at Burton.

At the end of every January we seem to have a different side. This time the signing appear on paper to be better than the players we had but again time is needed for them to gel.

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Walsall like Burton have had a good start to the season currently once place behind Burton in second place. Tom Bradshaw the main man with 11 goals. But goals have come from all areas of the pitch.

Nearly Blackpool boss Shaun O’Driscoll is in charge and will be looking to get Saddlers up to the championship for a possible “grounds you can see from the M6” Derby with Aston Villa who look blind for relegation.

Burton 1 – 0 Blackpool FT

It’s not often you can predict the outcome of a match on how the players return from the half-time brea, but today you could.

With Burton a man down following a stupid couple of bookings for Weir, they were out a couple of minutes before Blackpool, warming up and looking ready for kickoff.

The Pool meanwhile almost spilt onto the pitch, a couple trotting, some walking, others chatting and not looking interesting.

It was only with 15 mins to go with Norris being able to get onto the ball when we started to put a bit of effort in and manage some efforts on goal.

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The start of the second half Burton could have scored as many as four goals with it being open season on Doyle’s goal. Burton were the team employing the tactics of a side with a man advantage, spreading the ball and allowing their fullbacks to join the attack.

It’s not clear if Mcdonald told the team to sit back, Burton were always going to come onto us all we needed to do was keep the ball, start to move Burton from side to side.

We had a couple of chances at the end, if we had grabbed a point it would have been very unfair on Burton.

Full time was met by a very strange stand off with Tom Aldred and some of the Pool fans. He was wasnt happy with the chats from the away fans. Aldred had played better than most but the boos and chants were deserved for some players… especially Andy Little who looked like he was nursing a hangover…

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I don’t expect it to get any better in the New Year, loan signing will return more will arrive but it will be more of the same until something bigger changes. Not good.

Burton 0 – 0 Blackpool HT

Half time and we are still in it with Burton down to ten men.

Weir picked up two bookings within a couple minutes of each other. First a really poor sliding tackle and the second a cynical block of Cullen.

We nearly took the lead when Bright Samuel shot was tipped over. Apart from that it was pretty much all Burton who were easily able to open us up but really lacked any cutting edge in the front two.

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Little upfront for us looked like he was still nursing a New Year hangover very poor from the loan man, hopefully his loan won’t be renewed but we are lacking attacking options upfront.

Doyle did well shot stopping, tipping round the post a low shot but looked a rusty kicking from both goalkicks and out of his hands.

Burton will look to hit us on the break which they threatened to do a couple of times. I just wonder if we have the ability to move the ball around enough to take advantage of the extra man in the second half.

Burton Albion Vs Blackpool

New Year new start?  Have to see. It’s a first visit to Burton and another stadium to tick off.

What Blackpool team will turn up today is anyone’s guess. It’s either boom (getting the points but no performance) or just utter capitulation.

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It will be interesting how many of the loan players today with 4 of them returning to those parent clubs.. Something that happens every year and has no sign of changing.

The Pirelli stadium is a neat little ground with a very strange little bar / snack room for the away fans. I can see it being used during the match if the team doesn’t turn up today.

What is great is the terrace well be in, however last time I was on a terrace watching the Pool was against Brentford… We all know how that ended. 36.. Shots on target???

Blackpool FC Squad for 2015/16

The Gazette mentioned that Pool currently have an 18-man-squad in preparation for the 2015/16 season. The 18 players are listed below, but at best it’s actually 12  / 14 players.

Players from last season – 7

— DF Tom Aldred
— DF Charles Dunne
— DF David Ferguson
— DF Luke Higham
— MF Henry Cameron
— MF Connor Oliver
— MF Bright Osayi-Samuel

Players signed this summer – 5

— GK Colin Doyle
— GK Kyle Letheren
— DF Clark Robertson
— MF Brad Potts
— MF Jarrett Rivers

Question mark if they will be here but are under contract – 3

— MF José Miguel Cubero
— FW Nile Ranger
— MF Andrea Orlandi

Players out of contract – 3

— MF Mark Waddington
— MF Jamie O’Hara
— FW Dom Telford

Total number of players, not including the players out of contract or with a question mark.

GK – 2
DF – 5
MF – 5
FW 0

12 players in total, 2 of those goalkeepers and no recognised striker.

Blackpool FC Team for next season so far

It could be possible that Cubero and Orlandi will be here next next year, which would bring the squad to 14 but still no source of goals with only 51 days till we face Colchester on the opening day of the season.

Blackpool FC Fixtures 2015-16

Fixtures for the 2015-16 season in League One are out today. There is still some confusion around being able to publish the fixtures online. Years ago I was told to remove fixtures or be sued. It’s not clear what the rules are now there may be a fee to pay of £250 which is ridiculous.

Another example of the beautiful game being ruined by greed.

Colchester away to start….

Are changes being made with player contracts

Karl Oyston doesn’t seem to be one for holding his hands up and admitting mistakes but there does seem to be a very small change at the Football Club in the last week.

Players are being signed on two-year contracts.

Previously players were signed on one year deals with an option to a second year. This resulted in the problem we a face ourselves today with half a team. However there has been a shift with players this week signing two-year deals with the option to a third.

There has been no communication from the club to mention a change in strategy which would admit errors in the past (there has been no communication from the club full stop).

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I’m not saying this is a huge shift in Karl putting football first but it is a sign that they are making changes which one can only hope that it’s due to the protests and falling attendances.

The quality of the players also seems a little different. Last season we were signing players that nobody else wanted. So far we’ve signed Brad Potts from Carlisle who played 43 games last year and was nominated for a player of the month in League One. Kyle Letheren joining from Dundee is a previous player of the year and was part of a promotion winning team a couple of seasons ago.

It’s not a huge shift, we not been spending significant amounts of money and I’m guessing the majority of players will join on a free. But it’s a small shift in the right direction.

Where does Karl Oyston’s 6 week ban leave us

The Football Association announced yesterday a six-week ban for chairman Karl Oyston following the text incident with a fan. The short length of the ban is somewhat surprising considering he breached rules multiple times and all that has been going on at the club.

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The suspension doesn’t start for four weeks and Oyston has the right to appeal. This leaves us with 4 weeks to build the squad before he leaves, it’s been apparent in the past due to the management structure (or lack or) all deal are overseen by the chairman. So who will oversee the signings of new players? Our secretary hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory in the past year with a number of incidents.

However for some it’s questionable what proactive work Karl Oyston actually does to the benefit of the football team so him being away will anyone notice any difference?

Overall it leaves us in a very dangerous place with half a team and no leadership (again was there any to start with?)

I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this, the balls in Karl’s court and who knows what he’s going to do.

Judgement Day as Blackpool Vs Huddersfield is Abandoned

A judgement of guilty was passed today on Karl Oyston following a horrendous season.

Even without the protests the fact Lee Clark only named 6 players on the bench today showed all that the situation hasn’t changed much since the opening day defeat at Nottingham Forest where there was only a squad of 15 players.

Nothing is going to change while the Oystons remain in charge, come the start of next season its very likely we’ll have a thin squad as we start life in League one.

The main talking point from today will be the pitch invasion, subsequent abandonment of the game and charge on the directors box.

Hopefully the publicity created from today will further raise awareness around the problems at Blackpool. The Oystons will use it to further fuel the idea of a “mob” with banning orders etc.

What needs to happen now is further protests over the summer, the heat can’t be taken off. It’s going to be interesting if the match is re-scheduled, if it is – more protests.

A little round-up of today with photos, videos and links.

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Further links

ITV – http://www.itv.com/news/2015-05-02/fans-invade-pitch-as-protest-halts-blackpool-game/
BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32459756
Mirror – http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/blackpool-vs-huddersfield-abandoned-after-5622109?
Star – http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/439928/Championship-round-up-Cherries-win-title-play-offs-decided-Derby-tears-Blackpool-chaos
Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/blackpool/11579126/Blackpool-fans-invade-pitch-and-camp-in-centre-circle-in-Karl-Oyston-protest-as-Huddersfield-match-suspended.html