Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Wednesday January 20 2010
A few months ago I remarked that we could only judge Ian Holloway as Blackpool manager after he had been through a rough patch and how he dealt with it; this is perhaps his rough patch. It's certainly a wobble anyway.
No one should be reaching for the panic button yet as we're still doing brilliantly, but there is clearly work to be done if we're to sustain our push for the playoffs.
I think our main problem at the moment is that we're missing pace up top. The likes of Hameur Bouazza provide us with a good out ball and allow us to stretch teams more, creating more space for the likes of Charlie Adam and David Vaughan. At the moment, we're taking too long to get the ball forward and trying to play through teams too much. I can only hope that Ollie sees that as well.
Anyway, to last night's game. Three changes: Burgess, Nardiello and Euell in for Taylor-Fletcher, Bannan and Southern. Yes, you did read that correctly: Jason Euell in the Keith Southern role. Yes, fans are on Euelly's back because he isn't playing well, but a large part of the problem is that Ollie plays him anywhere but the position he looks ok in (up top).
Eight minutes into the game, and it was the Seasiders who had the first chance: Nardiello heading just wide.
At the other end, the pace of Jermaine Johnson created a chance for Marcus Tudgay, but the Owls striker could only fire wide.
Ian Evatt then hit the post before Johnson dragged a shot wide at the other end and then limped off to be replaced by Leon Clarke.
The opening stages of the second half saw Tudgay hit the post as Wednesday started to exert themselves against a lacklustre 'Pool side.
After an hour, Ian Holloway made a double change: Euell and Nardiello being replaced by Southern and Taylor-Fletcher.
Southern's first action saw him fire just wide from the edge of the area.
With twenty minutes to go though, it was the visitors who took the lead with a Tom Soares strike from the edge of the area.
Ollie then threw Barry Bannan on for David Vaughan, but still Wednesday pressed; Leon Clarke having a strike ruled out for offside.
With seven minutes left, GTF was denied by a brilliant save from Lee Grant. It clearly wasn't our night.
With five minutes left the Owls doubled their lead when Leon Clarke headed home a Tommy Spurr freekick.
Blackpool did pull a goal back through Charlie Adam in injury time, but too little too late.
Saturday's game against Watford is now a must-win.
Date:Wednesday January 20 2010
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