Blackpool - 'Pool Limp Into New Season With Hibs Defeat
UK time is: 18:25:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

'Pool Limp Into New Season With Hibs Defeat

Blackpool were beaten 2-1 at home to Hibernian in the final friendly before the Premiership season begins in six days time.

The results draws a frustrating pre-season to a close with the Seasiders having under 16 first team players to choose from at the time of writing.

Despite playing attractive fluid football for the first quarter of the game, the lack of depth in the squad is alarming and reared its ugly head after the break.

Infront of a modest - but not as bad as I thought it might be - crowd at Bloomfield Road (helped by a noisy away contingent)
Ian Holloway's side completely bossed the opening proceedings with Brett Ormerod and Gary Taylor-Fletcher both looking threatening.

The first eleven showed that their brand of football is still brilliant to watch and carved Hibs open time after time without really capitalising - other than Jason Euell's well-taken goal on eight minutes. The striker finished off a lovely one touch passing move to put 'Pool one up.

However, as the away side slowed the game down towards the end of the opening period, Blackpool dropped off and were then content to have a bit of a runaround, taking their foot off the gas.

Fine, I don't have a problem with that - it's only a friendly!

What was slightly worrying was the ease in which Liam Miller in particular was allowed so much space just infront of our back four (with the side obviously missing Keith Southern - something which needs to be addressed). This freedom brought Hibs' equaliser, with the impressive Derek Riordan flicking past Matt Gilks after being allowed too much room by his marker.

Unsurprisingly, the changes began shortly after the restart which just went to prove the notion that currently we're not prepared for a long hard season.

Youth players like Adam Dodd and Tom Barkhuizen were given extended run outs with no real alternatives to the starting eleven on the bench.

And when the subs came, the formation obviously went out of the window with Neal Eardley playing the holding role in the midfield, Jason Euell dropping off and Rob Edwards being employed at right back and centre half.

The gap between our first team and those below is staggering but not unexpected. The likes of Stephen Husband sadly have no chance of being competative in the division, with Husband himself caught needlessly giving the ball away on a number of occasions.

Alex Tayo (does anybody know who he is?) was brought on wide left and looked bright but missed a glaring opportunity moments before Liam Miller beat Gilks and his wall with a freekick from 20 yards.

In summary, 'Pool looked good in spells when Adam, Vaughan, Ormerod etc (even Ishmel and Euell!) were knocking the ball about with ease but what's left after that is a million miles from the quality needed next week at Wigan.

There's six days to go until the big kick off and signings need to be made and sharpish.

A central midfielder and two strikers are a must this week to get the ball rolling otherwise we could face embrassment at the DW Stadium.

What a waste of pre-season!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The journalist

Writer: Editor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 8 2010

Time: 6:42PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Blackpool Articles

McDonald Pleased With Morecambe Test (Thursday July 30 2015)

St Johnstone 0-1 Blackpool (Tuesday July 28 2015)

Owen Oyston Issues Bid Response (Thursday July 23 2015)

Ross County vs Blackpool (Wednesday July 22 2015)

BST Bid Ignored (Wednesday July 22 2015)

Squires Gate Undergoing Work (Tuesday July 21 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. premier 1 254
2. SeasideEssexXile 221
3. Bear1951 171
4. Albert Ramsbottom 158
5. Layton_Seasider 148
6. BobHatton 135
7. Hastings 82
8. whitey1942 56
9. SaskPool 51
10. Bribaba 34

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Barnsley 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2. Blackpool 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3. Bradford 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4. Burton 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5. Bury 0 0 0 0 +0 0
6. Chesterfield 0 0 0 0 +0 0
7. Colchester 0 0 0 0 +0 0

Breaking League News

Ginnelly Heads For A Tribunal
Shrewsbury : 31/07/2015 16:11:01
Mellon amp; Lawrence Preview Tranmere Test
Shrewsbury : 31/07/2015 16:01:00
Mellon Pleased With Kidderminster Win
Shrewsbury : 31/07/2015 15:26:01
Mason Not Ostracised amp; Jackson Latest
Barnsley : 31/07/2015 15:03:00
Latics Sign Glentoran Youngster Jack White
Wigan : 31/07/2015 14:59:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Blackpool v Huddersfield
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Blackpool win 19%
Huddersfield win 64%
Draw 17%