It’s the first time I’ve seen Blackpool win in just over a year (they have only won 14 times since then) but the real story again today was the protest with the Blackpool and Leyton Orient Fans.
It was good to see both set of supporters understanding each other problems and willing to support each other, something that I think we are going to see more of considering the number of clubs with problems.
As for the game Leyton Orient had only won once at home in the league this season and you could tell by their lack of confidence. There wasn’t too much between the two in the first half but it Pool who took the lead with Matt firing into the roof of the net.
Orient hit the post, had one disallowed for offside. In the second half they didn’t really press and it was easy for Aldred to grab the second from a header.
The last 5 mins ended up with us hanging on when McCallum made it 1-2 with an impressive header.
An eventful day so far that started with a joint protest with Leyton Orient fans and Blackpool fans marching down the road from the pub to the stadium.
Fans ended up in a park next to the stadium where speeches from LOFT and BSA took place.
Orient are on a run of 7 home defeats and it was clear they lacked confidence.
There hasn’t been much in it but was far too easy for Matt who latched on to a ball down the channel, cut into the box and finished into the roof of the net to make it one nil to the Seasiders.
Straight from the kickoff the hosts hit the post and had the ball in the back of the net but was ruled out for offside.
All to play for in the second half.
Back in 2013 we had started the season on fire. Top of league with our best start ever we visited Millwall on a Tuesday night.
I attended the match with a colleague and pre match explained the good form and promising players in the tea.
We good well and truly beat. 3-1 with Steve Morrison scoring a belter of a goal.
Since then weve only won 20 games of football in two years and five months.
It’s crazy to think where we are now. But no surprise. I wonder what our situation will be the next time we visit the den.
It’s my local game this weekend, a 20 min drive via the Rotherhithe tunnel to the new den or maybe a bike ride if the weather is nice.
I contributed to a blog post previewing the match over at https://marklitchfieldblog.wordpress.com/the-view-from-the-opposition/march-2016/blackpool-h-050316/ have a read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
First match of the season for me which should spark some excitement but with everything that’s gone on and the results we have had so far make it very difficult to get that matchday feeling.
No team news at the time of writing but it will be interesting to see if Riga starts to look at a defensive lineup with the view to stopping the rot.
Wigan have been inconsistent so far but have the players to unlock anytime in the league. Old Seasider Callum Mcmanaman on his day is on of the beat in the league.
Here’s hoping for a point at least or maybe to recreate that performance and result from last season.
The continuing joke of Blackpool FC stepped up another level with us only naming four substitutes this afternoon vs Nottingham Forest.
Two of the substitutes are youth team players, Parrish the keeper, the fourth being Charles Dunne (name spelt wrong on the team sheet and doesn’t start ahead of Perkins at left back)
It seems that a selection of players were not registered in time despite being signed sometime ago. Miller, Oriol and Cubero three not being registered in time.
Forest meanwhile managed to sell Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow to Newcastle and loan them back ready for the match today.
Damage limitation seems to be best outcome from today.
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.