Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Sunday October 18 2009
Following the mundanity of the international break, everyone was glad to be back at Bloomfield Road as the Seasiders looked to bounce back from two abject results on the road with another three points at home against Plymouth.
Despite winning their two games previous to the international break, Plymouth look a side in big trouble. Despite a terrible run of results and fans calling for his head, Paul Sturrock seems to have the support of the board - but that support must surely be wearing thin after yet another defeat dragged them further towards the bottom of the league?
It wasn't so much the defeat yesterday that will have disappointed Plymouth fans, more the performance, as Blackpool rarely had to get out of second gear to secure the three points... Plymouth fans must be wishing that Ian Holloway was still based at Home Park given his start to the season with the Seasiders!
Holloway made several changes to his side for the visit of his ex-club; perhaps the most surprising being Matt Gilks being preferred in goal to Paul Rachubka, who in my eyes, has improved since Ollie took over.
Ian Evatt returned to the side at Rob Edwards' expense, whilst Marcel Seip (against his parent club... a headline waiting to be written) made his Blackpool debut at centre back with Alex Baptiste shifting across to right back and Neal Eardley dropping to the bench.
Hamuer Bouazza was recalled to the side, whilst Billy Clarke got his first league start of the season. Ben Burgess led the line, with Ishmel on the bench despite being sent off for the reserves in midweek for a headbutt (despite which, the Seasiders still won 4-3 against local rivals Preston!).
The Seasiders pretty much dominated proceedings, but it could all have been so different had Matt Gilks not raced off his line to clear an under hit Stephen Crainey backpass just in the nick of time.
Just a minute later, Blackpool rattled the post. Hamuer Bouazza tormented his marker with his pace, before seeing his curling effort deflect off a Plymouth head onto the woodwork.
Bouazza then tormented the Argyle defence again, this time crossing for Ben Burgess, but the striker could only head straight at Romain Larrieu in the Argyle goal.
Alex Baptiste then jinked past the Argyle defence, forcing Larrieu into a good save, before Charlie Adam missed a sitter of a header at the back post.
On the half hour though, Blackpool finally took the lead. Marcel Seip had had a shaky start to the game, but made up for it with a cushioned header from an Adam freekick. The irony.
The defender refused to celebrate out of respect to the Plymouth fans, but undoubtedly will have delighted at further piling the pressure on Sturrock given his comments post-match.
Billy Clarke almost recreated Paulo Di Canio's scissor kick goal, but a fine stop from Larrieu prevented him from doubling the Seasiders' lead.
It took until just after the hour mark for them to double their advantage; David Vaughan capping another fine display by powering the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area.
Neal Eardley then replaced Stephen Crainey, with Alex Baptiste switching to left back, whilst Ishmel and Euell (surprisingly dropped to the bench), replaced Clarke and Burgess.
Plymouth threatened on occaisions in the second half, with Alan Gow being booked for diving in the Blackpool area much to the delight of the home fans, but Blackpool comfortably held on to their two goal lead.
Ian Holloway's men are now 5th in the table (above Preston!) and will further look to establish their promotion credentials on Tuesday night against Sheffield United.
Date:Sunday October 18 2009
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