Following a dismal game between two – quite frankly – dismal sides, Blues let two points slip largely down to some rather woeful finishing in front of goal. I suppose with the football fare (or should I say ‘unfare’) being currently served up, it is perhaps no surprise that the evening’s attendance was a paltry 13,000 – and even then they must have counted the ball boys, players and officials.
It is two points that we could ill afford to squander especially, with Wolves registering a win the same night, but right from the outset most Bluenoses knew it was going to be one of those ever frequently occurring ‘days’ after just ten minutes.
Lee Clark had talked about Blues ‘setting out their stall / coming out of the blocks fast’ and just about every footballing cliché known to man, although thankfully he didn’t resort to the one about ‘everybody hurting’. Early on, Blackpool could easily have built up a comfortable lead before gradually descending to Blues’ poor footballing level. Credit then to Curtis Davies for a great goalscoring header; especially as he was having a defensive nightmare alongside an unusually uncertain Paul Robinson. In fact, the only real positive defensively, despite the opposition Ince factor, were the two fullbacks who emerged with a semblance of credit.
In midfield, we lacked creativity and although Callum Reilly had a decent game, it was clear the centre of the park was crying out for somebody creative alongside him (Darren Ambrose or Keith Fahey anybody?). Chris Burke had a reasonable game despite being surrounded by a posse of defenders every time he received the ball, whilst the new Fergie – signed on loan from Lee Clark’s former playing club Newcastle United – was one of the highlights with his willing running up and down the left flank as well as his able crossing techniques.
Up front, it was business as usual as Nikola Zigic plodded around sticking his foot in on both ball and opposition’s shins, continually winning most of his headers with not a soul in sight to take advantage of his flick-on’s. Peter Lovenkrands also worked earnestly in his one paced way but, apart from a shot that unluckily hit the inside of the post, he never looked particularly menacing.
Of course, the inevitable eventually happened, and Blackpool drew level after a spell of inviting pressure. In response, Blues brought on Wes Thomas, and within seconds he illustrated that his ‘pace and power’ billing should see a visit to BCFC from the city council’s Trading Standards team. However there was still time for Ziggy to predictably miss a sitter and hold his head in his hands along with every individual in the Tilton Road stand; not to mention the absolute shocker that Wade Elliott seemingly managed to put high and wide from a chance that looked easier to score. Apparently this latter ‘faux pas’ was due to an unhelpful bobble on a worn grass pitch – in March; now that’s a surprise!
The question is, can things get any worse? I wouldn’t bet against it. An ordinary team, a manager who seemingly struggles to motivate and a crisis in China; only at Blues, eh?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
– Who should be next up in the middle of midfield? Fahey, Ambrose or Morrison?
– Is Wes Thomas a turkey of Bernard Matthew’s proportions?
– What is Nathan Redmond likely to be thinking at the moment?
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