Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

Canaries View

Canaries View

As with any cup draw, the fans of all clubs rather hope to be tied with a big name at home, usually for the chance to see some of the top names of the game playing on hallowed turf. Sadly, for Blackpool supporters, it is just Norwich City at home, although it must mean that there are hopes of a win and a bigger name next time around…

For Norwich supporters it is another away fixture loaded with banana skins. It is against a club that Norwich would normally be expected to beat, but league performances this season, along with a terrible history in cup runs, especially against "lesser" clubs, opens the door to the real possibilities of an upset.

What makes this particular game interesting for many Norwich fans is the "W" factor. Both clubs had Nigel Worthington as manager. Blackpool has the benefit of time to have recovered from Worthington`s legacy, whereas Norwich is still trying to recover from the damage inflicted.

Damage? What damage? Well, whilst at Norwich, Worthington had a habit of letting players go without having a replacement on the books. Many outfield positions are left without cover, and a good number of the transfers that he did make have turned out to be nothing more than underachieving journeymen. Although Peter Grant has been in command since October, the squad remains weak due to the club`s financial position.

Another problem that we are still battling with is the list of Worthington`s favourites. Picked week in and week out, regardless of their performances, they have slipped into what we are referring to as a "comfort zone". Unfortunately, this list includes some players that many clubs would break the bank to buy for themselves. No names, no pack drill, but it isn`t hard to guess at some of them.

So Peter Grant is fighting an uphill battle to get these players to perform to his expectations. As a result, Norwich will often take to the field and disappoint t its own supporters for an apparent lack of effort and team spirit. Oh yes, Norwich can go up against teams like Birmingham and West Brom and beat them on their own ground, but teams like Southend and Hull can come to Carrow Road and make Norwich look more like a team that should be lucky to survive in Division One.

There are no two ways about it; Norwich could easily lose at Bloomfield Road. Not that Blackpool won`t have deserved to win, mind, but because Norwich deserve to lose if they allow themselves to be beaten.

That may sound boastful, coming from a Norwich supporter, but the form books suggest that Norwich should win, and many of the players on the books would normally be expected to run Division One players of the park. But the banana skin is set up and ready, it now depends upon which way Norwich decides to go on the day.

Blackpool is able to enjoy the confidence of a run of successes, to top it all, whereas Norwich is now struggling to stay out of the relegation zone. Doubtless, both teams will be out to put on a good show for their fans, but Norwich City still needs to make up for a number of sorry shows. Even against Tamworth, in the previous round, Norwich could easily have gone two or three behind in the first twenty minutes or so, as anybody who saw the game on the Beeb will be able to confirm. City didn`t really put their stamp on the game until twenty minutes had ticked by.

Robert Earnshaw will definitely miss out, due to a groin strain that will sideline him for the rest of the season, although new signing Chris Brown (from Sunderland) could show Norwich City fans what he has in store for us. Usual 'keeper, Paul Gallacher, has been guilty of some pretty poor decisions that have led to some ignominious defeats so he will probably be replaced by David Marshall, on loan from Glasgow Celtic. Luke Chadwick remains unavailable having sustained a serious knee injury in his debut game when he came in on loan from Stoke before becoming a permanent signing. Jason Shackell, one of the very few academy players to earn a regular place under Worthington`s realm, should have shaken off an ankle niggle to play in central defence, and Darren Huckerby and Lee Croft can be expected to play out wide on either flank.

Peter Grant has told the fans that he is not the sort to put out a second string of players, so a full strength team is certainly what is expected from the faithful. On the day it will be down to Blackpool to seek out the weaknesses and exploit them. Considering three of your opponents from last season, in the shapes of Southend, Hull and Colchester, all managed to do it, there is no reason why Blackpool shouldn`t continue that trend. Norwich will be playing more for pride than a successful cup run, so an entertaining match should be forthcoming.

If Norwich should win the game, it will be a case of "well, we were expected to and we were just too good for them on the day". If they lose, then the ref will be from Lancashire, have a holiday home in Blackpool, and Norwich players allowed Blackpool to walk all over them. Not much will be down to Blackpool being the better side on the day…

Good luck to Blackpool on Saturday and, if you should take the spoils, my article on Vital Norwich will certainly make your blood boil…

Richard Matthews
Editor

Vital Norwich
Click HERE To View The Norwich Vital Site!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Editor
Date:Wednesday January 24 2007
Time: 3:36PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Suspension Free Aldred Helps Defeat Barnsley

Having had his Cambridge sending off rescinded Aldred played his part in helping Blackpool beat Barnsley in the FA Cup to secure a Blackburn return former Rovers boss Bowyer.

Stats: Barnsley v Blackpool

All the stats from Barnsley (1) vs (2) Blackpool, Oakwell, 17/1/17 Att: 5558

Barnsley v Blackpool - Team Sheets

Blackpool go to Oakwell as the visitors to Barnsley for the latest FA Cup game.

Riley Explains Postponements

It doesn't happen often in the Premier League or Championship thesedays, but League's 1 & 2 still suffer the odd postponement owing to the weather and Mike Riley...

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

FA Cup - Barnsley MotM
Suggested By:
Slocombe0%
Mellor0%
Aldred50%
Aimson25%
Taylor0%
Robertson0%
Payne0%
McAlister0%
Pugh0%
Cullen0%
Vassell0%
Sub - Osayi-Samuel25%
Sub - Philliskirk0%
Sub - Yeates0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 26 17 4 5 55 19
2 Plymouth 25 16 3 6 51 14
3 Carlisle 26 12 11 3 47 11
4 Portsmouth 26 13 6 7 45 14
5 Wycombe 25 12 6 7 42 6
6 Luton 25 11 8 6 41 13
7 Colchester 26 11 7 8 40 10
8 Cambridge 25 11 6 8 39 9
9 Barnet 26 10 9 7 39 0
10 Exeter 25 11 3 11 36 9
11 Grimsby 26 10 6 10 36 2
12 Blackpool 25 9 8 8 35 11
13 Crawley 25 10 5 10 35 -7
14 Mansfield 26 8 10 8 34 -3
15 Stevenage 26 10 3 13 33 -4
16 Yeovil 25 8 7 10 31 -3
17 Morecambe 25 9 4 12 31 -11
18 Crewe 26 6 10 10 28 -11
19 Hartlepool 26 6 9 11 27 -11
20 Leyton Orient 26 7 4 15 25 -11
21 Accrington 25 6 7 12 25 -11
22 Cheltenham 25 5 9 11 24 -10
23 Notts County 26 6 5 15 23 -20
24 Newport 25 4 6 15 18 -16
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
FA Cup
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Colchester United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 7 2017 7:45PM : Crawley Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Carlisle United (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.SeasideEssexXile312
2.premier 1193
3.Layton_Seasider120
4.Bear1951105
5.SaskPool97
6.BobHatton47
7.Hastings36
8.53CODGER33
9.suffolknwot25
10.aussie115
Vital Football Comment