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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 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.

Frank Knight £20,000 Fund

It’s been almost a year since the last blog post. The lack of blog posts has due to other things in life taking taking precedence over BFC.

Anyway, some of those other things have passed and I’m going to be spending some time on projects highlighting the plight of what is going on at Blackpool FC.

To start, another fan made an apology over comments made about the Oyston family and this time made to pay £20,000. Frank Knight, 69, made the comments to his 34 Facebook friends. Details can all be found in the following articles.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/apr/17/blackpool-fan-20000-oystons-threaten-court-online-post

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-32348363

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3042292/Blackpool-fan-forced-pay-staggering-20-000-damages-allegations-online-Oyston-family.html

However, what has come out of this story is response from the football community. A fund has already raised £4,125 at the time of writing to help Frank. Hopefully this figure will be passed and money will be made available to others who made need financial support.

If you have a spare £5, £10 £20+ head over to http://www.gofundme.com/s5bbb8r and make a quick donation.

Frank Knight Fund

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.

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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.

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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!

Charlton 0 – 0 Blackpool – Another draw

Another draw and another boring game of football. A point away from home is never disappointing but Charlton were there for the taking and all we mustered was two shots on goal.

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Our two best chances fell to Tom Ince, his freekick was narrowly deflected wide and a late shot on target was dragged just wide. However the majority of our threat to goal was from set pieces, corners and lots of long throws from Robinson. His arms will be sore tonight. The only problem was Humer in goal for the Addicks was able to deal with the majority of efforts.

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Without Fergerson in the middle of the park we lack a pace and fluidity to quicken or control the pace of the game.

Charlton look in trouble while we look like we lack ideas. Hopefully the break will give Paul Ince a chance to rethink a little.

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Bournemouth 1 – 2 Blackpool FT

Another remarkable result today after playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men.

After a pretty even first half it was all tied with both goals coming from long throws which should have been defended better.

After the break we just edged ahead, a wicked Ince corner was glanced in by Bishop. He wasn’t fancied at the start of his Blackpool career but the former Notts County man once again put in a shift.

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Bishop then had to move to left back when Robinson was sent off. It was harsh considering those where his only two fouls. Once going down to 10 men we sat back and invited the pressure, however Bournemouth didn’t have the quality to make too many clear cut chances.

In fact we should have grabbed the next goal when Defounso found himself one-on-one but flashed his volley wide. That was too much for Paul Ince who was then sent off.

We survived a late push from the home side who had a goal ruled out for offside.

A great result and further reason for the team mentality to grow. Bring on Tuesday and Millwall who lost 5-1 today!