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There were 2 reasons why I attended the game yesterday as anyone who could see that performance coming. First I had a horse racing gig in Blackpool that night, even though I actually tried to get moved to another one just to avoid the temptation of going to Bloomfield Road. Having decided to go on that basis, Derm Tanner asked to arrive early to do a radio interview, so I arrived in Blackpool at 1pm. At least I had a bracing walk on the prom and fish and chips for my lunch and I sold a few copies of new issue of City Gent. Plus, thankfully our misery wasn't compounded as it didn't rain!!

We have a terrible record away at Blackpool, only 3 league wins from 23 games now. Take away the first game which we won on boxing day 1903, then it is 2 league wins from 22. There again, we won the one that mattered in 1996 :-)

Blackpool must love City (1996 apart) as we always turn up in vast numbers, give them at least £25K in gate money, and almost always let them have 3 points. Perhaps most City fans like myself had something else to do in Blackpool and to quote something CG reader Malcom Collins who found from City's 1903/04 season. On a trip to Glossop where City lost 2-0, a City fan said 'the only dismal part of the day was the match!' Just goes to show, some things never change.

Last week I said that City was on the 'crest of a slump', now after the 4-1 defeat yesterday, it's a whole lot worse. I would argue that none of the side deliberately set out to play badly and all the goals we gave away were very poor. The decision to give a penalty against us on the stroke of half time when all the Blackpool attacker did was fall down, was unfortunate. But we carried little or no threat up front and never really looked like scoring. Ironically, our consolation goal was a very well worked move. Windass in midfield passed to Schumacher, who clipped the ball to Brown who passed to JJ whose shot flew past their keeper.

But one point and one goal in four matches played in October tells it's own story. Unlike 2 years ago, Colin Todd isn't going to get manager of the month for October!

2 months ago in an away match at Crewe we thumped the home side 3-0, the side was Ricketts, Doyle, Parker, Bower, Wetherall, Bridge-Wilkinson, Schumacher, Holmes, J Johnson, Windass and Graham (subbed by E Johnson) Yesterday, apart from Graham/E Johnson, it was exactly the same team.

So was it that Crewe were bad and we were good.

Was it that Blackpool was good or we were bad?

The team is certainly lacking confidence, is that down to management?

Our squad lacks depth so Todd can replace players who are not in form, is that down to JR?

It was some small consolation to hear that the TB's were thumped at home 3-0. But their opponents were Brighton who are due at VP next Saturday. I see next Saturday's game at VP as a must win game in order to restore some confidence back to the team and fans alike.

And here's a final thought to be debated. Would most of us agree that Windass is to Colin Todd what Beckham was to Ericsson, i.e. undroppable? Neither Graham and Johnson(E) seem to be able to play alongside Windass (both were injured yesterday apparently) None of these three wins balls in the air and like yesterday, if both of our skillful wingers are up against big full backs who they found impossible to get around, then we need a taller striker similar to Wilbraham.

But we have no money to buy one and who would loan us a striker that was any good? But possibly we already have one, but he is out on loan at the moment. If Todd can't get the best out of Michael Symes, then that is his fault. Symes seems to be getting the match experience at Shrewsbury, and a few goals too. Perhaps we can have in back and let them have Joe Brown instead. Just a thought.........

Mike Harrison
Editor - The City Gent

www.thecitygent.com


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Writer:Editor
Date:Monday October 30 2006
Time: 9:00AM

Comments

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It's very convenient that Graham got a last minute injury!
sandgroanun
30/10/2006 09:30:00
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What's happen to Big Ben??????????
Tigerphil
31/10/2006 16:24:00
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He's injured at the moment Phil. Should be back tonight. He's fantastic!! Wins every header. Just missing goals.
toronto_pool
31/10/2006 16:36:00
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Big Ben will come good for you guys .. he's a greatplayer who will score a lot of goals for you..
ernshaw
07/11/2006 10:04:00
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