Blackpool Return

8 Dec 2022 | 6 comments

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Next match up for our rested and hopefully rejuvenated squad is, of course, Blackpool. Last season’s bad memories of the visit to Bloomfield Road at Easter still linger, after a hammering and humiliation that witnessed everything from the awful to downright unprofessional. But let’s leave it at that and move on.

Are we a different animal this time around, wanting to put on a show, surge up the Championship table and make a real challenge for second half season success? Who knows? Time alone will tell. But I like to think we are different now and we can make an impression going forward. Most fans I talk to also feel we have the armoury to upset the odds in one of the most unpredictable Championship campaigns in recent years.

Matters on the pitch are all that concern me now in the light of last week’s well documented takeover disappointment. Blackpool, like Bournemouth, have humiliated Blues in recent years with huge goal scoring wins. I hope that motivates the team on Saturday, because the manner of last season’s defeat really does need addressing in my view.

The Blackpool match gives the excellent John Eustace another chance to show his worth by getting this current squad of players to perform. My belief is he will. And in some style. Like it or not, Eustace is the only redeeming feature we have right now. With decent players returning after injury, a team spirit not witnessed for a very long time and skill and energy to burn, Blues all round playing personnel look more than useful from where I stand.

Plenty of games still to play should give supporters hope and encouragement for the remainder of the season, even with rumours of a couple of loanees possibly returning to their parent clubs in the new year. Fourteenth in the Championship table is ok at this stage, especially with a small gap to a playoff spot as things stand. Anything lower and dropping further down the league would be a real disappointment now though.

Further lifting spirits with three points at the seaside on Saturday afternoon will do very nicely for all Blues supporters. And, fingers crossed, followed by another majestic display by the nation’s future captain when England take on France in the evening. Positive results from both fixtures will surely make Saturday a very, very memorable day.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. tracey tyler

    Would think James will play from start as Bielik and Hannibal may be rested after their World Cup exploits,Hall needs to start as l have given up on Bacuna showing any consistantcy at all,Bellingham needs more game time too,get them in and let’s move forward.

  2. Ed Truman

    Saturday is going to be interesting. From JE’s comments today it seems pretty much everyone, with a couple of exceptions, is fully fit and available. So it will be particularly interesting to see which starting 11 get the nod. I’m not expecting any major surprises from the group that did so well before the break though.

    A good performance and a good result would be really positive indicators for the rest of the season. Both are certainly achievable in my view. But a break like we’ve just had is very unusual mid season so it is difficult to be completely confident. And it is the Blues we are talking about after all! Fingers crossed though….

  3. Smithy

    Blackpool are the number one spoilers in terms of yellow and red cards. Need toughies in our line up. Deeney, Dean and co. to start.

  4. james mcgrogan

    I am so glad football is back.I thnk we can beat blackpool but it all depends who comes out fighting first Ihope its blues.I actually clapped Englands third goal against Senegal I thought it was brilliant .When they play like that as per premieir league pace it takes a lot to beat them.Well Jude Bellingham stay fit and become a world cup winner GOOD LUCK BLUES AND ENGLAND KRO

  5. Mitchell

    Team looked good and worthy of all three points. However a big contrast compared to last season’s visit. Any news regarding Hogans absence? Reading up next and a repeat of today’s performance will be ok. Apart from Roberts miss, the overall will to win from minute one was there.

  6. Ed Truman

    Didn’t go to the match today but I’ve just seen a few minutes of highlights on Sky. Great chances…three in particular…were spurned in the first half it seems. You don’t win football matches like that.

    Oh well. On to the next one….

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