Blackpool - 'Pool slump to FA Cup defeat
UK time is: 00:48:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

'Pool slump to FA Cup defeat

In fact you have to go back to 2003 for the last recorded Blackpool victory in the fixture - in the League Cup 1st Round at Oakwell - with one Scott Taylor getting both 'Pool goals in a 2-1 win over the Tykes. It's no better in the league, April 1981 - a whole eight years before this Blackpool fan was even born! - was the last time the Seasiders came out on top in the old 3rd Division.

On paper then, it'll come as no surprise then that Blackpool once again failed to come out on top against the Tykes. However, on the pitch - particularly in the first half - it could, and probably should, have been oh so different.

With the opportunity to rest some key players carrying knocks and try out fringe players, Simon Grayson went into the game today without a right-back - Danny Coid was sidelined due to a virus and Shaun Barker of course was suspended. However, he rang the changes and the teams lined up as follows;



Hassell - Foster - Souza - Van Homoet

Campbell-Ryce - Togwell - Howard - McCann

Mostto - Odejayi

Subs; Letheren, Christiansen, Coulson, Devaney, Kozluk.



Crainey - Jackson - Evatt - Hills

Taylor-Fletcher - Fox - Flynn - Welsh

Vernon - Burgess

Subs; Gorkss, Jorgensen, Hoolahan, Morrell, Slusarski.

So, with Stephen Crainey filling in at right back with no cover for him on the bench, it was clear that he would have to last the full 90 in an alien position to him. Non-the-less, the game started and it was the home side that started the brightest, running at the 'Pool defence - Campbell-Ryce (looking distinctly like Adrian Forbes from our position at the very back of the away stand!) was again their main outlet - much like the game on Bonfire Night in the Championship - but all too often his touch let him down and the chance would peter it's way out and into the hands of 'Chubs' or wind up at the feet of a 'Pool defender to start the counter.

Despite this, the Yorkshire side still forced a few chances, most of which were either straight at the 'Pool shot-stopper or flashing wide of the post. No harm done in the end.

The Tangerines - backed by 1275 travelling fans, noisy from the outset - fought back, however. John Hills flashing 2 shots toward goal (OK, the first of which went out for a throw-in...) and other chances put the home side on the back foot as they tried in vain to test Rachubka between the sticks in front of the away fans. Ben Burgess also went close from a header inside the 6 yard box from a John Hills cross, unfortunately for the big man, his movement was superb to get in front of the defender, but his header was ever so slightly high and wide of the Reds' goal.

In the end, it would be Blackpool that would take a deserved lead. Gary Taylor-Fletcher made his way to the by-line inside the penalty area and somehow managed to pull the ball back into the 6 yard box for David Fox to fire home into the back of the Barnsley net, sending the 'Pool fans into raptures and the home fans...errm...even more silent than they had been???

It could have been two to the Seasiders not long after. That man wearing the number 12 again made a run from inside the centre circle with the ball, ghosting his way past 4 defenders in the process and getting a shot off on goal. Unfortunately, after all the effort, his shot flashed just wide of the post. The striker-cum-winger has certainly upped his game in recent weeks - most notably against the Dingles in mid-week - and seems to be playing with much more confidence then when he joined the club.

Once again, Barnsley pressed for an equaliser but going into the half-time break, the Seasiders were in the lead and seemingly in control of the game.

The break though, brought about a change for each side. Taylor-Fletcher must have picked up a knock during the first half as he was replaced by the versatile Claus Jorgensen on the right hand side and more surprisingly, Barnsley's backup 'Keeper Kyle Letheren - making his debut incidentally - came on to replace Muller and instantly got stick from the travelling fans for being a dodgy 'Keeper...a nice introduction I thought! He lived up to the dodgy name almost straight away, hoofing a pass-back clear...20 yards away from the corner flag out for a throw-in. Much to the delight of the 'Pool fans of course!

Despite this, Barnsley would have the lion's share of chances in the early exchanges. They almost forced an equaliser on 73 minutes, well...they would have done had Devaney's volley not ended up in Row Z following a poor clearance from a Coulson cross.

2 minutes later, Wes Hoolahan and Andy Morrell were brought on to provide a more attacking impetus, replacing Andy Welsh and Scott Vernon - neither really making any impact on the game. Once again though, this backfired on the 'Pool manager. Trying to be pro-active, it turned against the Seasiders as a Howard cross was whipped into the area and awful defending gave Stephen Foster the chance to back-heel the ball into the 'Pool net to wake up the home fans and turn them to chanting to spur on their team - a novel idea, I'm sure you'll agree.

3 minutes later, it was all over. Howard played a through ball for Coulson who bore down on goal with Crainey for company. The youngster managed to shrug off the makeshift right-back and slotted home past the on-rushing Paul Rachubka and once again the home fans put down their blankets and flasks and got behind the team.

Never has the song "you only sing when you're winning!" been so apt!

So, it was left for Barnsley to wind down the clock - blatant time-wasting from a Barnsley player hoofing the ball into the stands following a decision against them for a throw-in went un-punished, for some reason - and they ran out victorious once again, true to the form book, leaving the visiting fans to scratch their heads in disbelief at what they had just witnessed.

Stephen Crainey had probably his worst game in a Tangerine shirt, but shouldn't be called on it. Out of position on the right hand side, having to bring the ball onto his left foot, it was clear from the off that he might struggle - particularly with balls played forward.

Vernon was ineffective at times, he had the right ideas but they just didn't come off and he was rightly replaced.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher was clearly our best player and man of the match for the Seasiders in the first half, had he not been forced to come off at half time, who knows whether the result would have been different. Our main attacking outlet in the first 45 and we seemed to lose that urgency to get forward in the 2nd period.

The priority must now be to get back to winning ways against Charlton this coming weekend. Also, with the re-opening of the transfer window, it is clear the the defence also needs strengthening. Gorkss and Jackson are both currently on 4 bookings each, if they both get suspended at the same time, we're in trouble. If the rumours about John Hills are true and he is indeed off in this window, we also need a backup left back, not to mention a conventional right-winger - allegedly being sought by Larry at this moment in time - a back-up 'Keeper (sorry Rhys, well...sorry-ish?) and of course a goalscorer or two.

Get that sorted...and we can expect to finish mid-table - if the standard of performance is that of the Burnley game from now 'till the end of the season that is....

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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The journalist

Writer: Jerry Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 6 2008

Time: 12:06AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Threw it away! Oh well, the league's always been more important!
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 14:14:00

Agreed, rather have 3 points any day a lot of other clubs will be playing while we are resting in teo weeks time and I know what I would want
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 16:55:00

Threw it away most certainly Abel. Pity!
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 17:05:00

Misssed the game y'day but from what i heard on the radio we were the better side for 75mins until those prats scored
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 20:20:00

And that's exactly right. Still can't believe we lost it even now!
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 20:23:00

Are Barnsley becoming our bogey team?!
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 21:21:00

It would certainly look that way! I couldn't believe it when I looked at the stats. Not beaten them in the league for over 20 years! Not good!
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 22:46:00

Ho dear! Didn't we hammer them in the cup a few years back?
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 22:48:00

4-1 I believe that was, yep. FA Cup in 2002. Like I said the last time we beat them in all competitions was in 2003, which is shocking in itself! Taking nothing away from the 27 years in which we have failed to beat them in the league! Doesn't fill you with much confidence when we've got to play them once again this season. Although that will be at Bloomfield Road I guess...our one saving grace!
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 23:40:00

Aye, I remember that 4-1 game now - Bullock was awesome!
Report Abuse
06/01/2008 23:48:00

Still don't know how we lost that game. Onwards + Upwards
Report Abuse
07/01/2008 10:00:00

Don't think any of us do, Dave!
Report Abuse
07/01/2008 10:25:00

Missed the game so listened to the radio and the Steve C from the gazette said it was like a 75min workout in training until we conceded the 2 goals !
Report Abuse
07/01/2008 11:47:00

Fair assessment but we were still sloppy at times. When the 2nd goal went in, you just knew that we wouldn't get back into it. Really disappointing seeing as though we were right behind the team from kick-off putting the home fans to shame with our chanting...yet we ended up on the losing side. "You couldn't make it up!"
Report Abuse
07/01/2008 12:13:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackpool Articles

McDonald Under Pressure As Pool Lose Again (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Lack Of Goals Costing Blackpool (Monday November 23 2015)

McDonald Talks To BBC Radio Lancashire (Thursday November 19 2015)

McDonald To Appear On Radio Lancashire (Wednesday November 18 2015)

Preston Striker Joins Blackpool On Loan (Tuesday November 17 2015)

Archived Blackpool Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. SeasideEssexXile 388
2. premier 1 231
3. Bear1951 229
4. Layton_Seasider 125
5. BobHatton 116
6. Morbid 52
7. Hastings 45
8. whitey1942 36
10. Albert Ramsbottom 28

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Fleetwood 20 6 3 11 -2 21
19. Shrewsbury 19 6 3 10 -3 21
20. Colchester 20 5 5 10 -19 20
21. Oldham 20 3 10 7 -10 19
22. Blackpool 20 5 4 11 -12 19
23. Crewe 20 5 4 11 -14 19
24. Barnsley 20 5 3 12 -9 18

Breaking League News

What The Bosses Said - Southend United 0 Latics 0
Wigan : 29/11/2015 22:34:00
Real boost for Alex
Crewe : 29/11/2015 22:09:01
Well-Earned Break Time For Sky Blues
Coventry : 29/11/2015 19:57:01
DRFC Coventry City v Doncaster Rovers Highlights
Doncaster : 29/11/2015 19:30:00
McDonald: 'We Can Start A Winning Streak Now'
Blackpool : 29/11/2015 18:51:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who Has Been Pool's Best Player So Far This Season?
Suggested By:  
Colin Doyle 50%
Tom Aldred 15%
Brad Potts 5%
Mark Cullen 5%
Jack Redshaw 15%
Other 10%